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Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
At least three bills before the state Legislature seek to relocate or remove polling places from schools, an idea that first began circulating around Albany in 2014 following several high-profile school shootings and threats of terrorism. Read more>>

The Morning Call
Parents have joined the legal fight to stop the Tamaqua ASD’s controversial policy to arm staff. It’s the second suit spawned by Policy 705, which was passed in September. Tamaqua is the first district in the state to arm teachers and other staff as a way to prevent school shootings. Read more>>

Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Substitute teachers are increasingly hard for local districts to find, as low pay and a healthy economy dry up the pool of potential applicants in Massachusetts. But as many school systems struggle to cover basic services with their budgets each year, increasing the pay for subs isn’t yet a major priority in some districts. Read more>>

Springfield News-Leader
The results of state-mandated tests given to Missouri public school students in April and May are expected to be released Feb. 1, significantly later than usual. The lengthy delay this year was the result of transitioning to new exams based on new academic standards. Read more>>

The Wall School District is making history as the first district in South Dakota to bring in locally raised beef from area ranchers into their school lunch program. If the pilot program continues to go well, the district will bring the program back next fall. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The 74
If there’s been one constant over the last decade in terms of teacher evaluation policies, it’s been change. But state policies have moved faster than researchers’ efforts to understand what works and why. The risk? If teachers remain skeptical of the evaluations, too often there is scant feedback, Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
Too often, children’s zip codes and family backgrounds dictate the quality of their education and the opportunities they can access. What if one vital component of that solution is right in front of us, capable, ready and willing, but untapped: older adults. They are not only capable of working with children, they are effective. Read more>>

The New York Times
Some teachers are spending four hours per day commuting, or have relied on charitable funding for mortgage assistance. While several districts have tried to make it easier for teachers to live where they work, their efforts are not always welcomed by local homeowners, opening up new debates over gentrification and what obligations the expanding tech sector has to the cities that host its offices. Read more>>

Industry News

Ideal for wireless streaming and gaming over short ranges, IOGEAR’s new ultra-fast 60GHz wireless 4K UltraHD video extender sends uncompressed audio and video at near-zero latency. Read more>>

Synovia Solutions, LLC
The Here Comes the Bus’ more affordable Lite version will be available later this year. Designed to serve smaller school districts that normally don’t invest in smart school bus fleet technology. it provides real-time tracking info as well as e-mails and push notifications to connect parents and students with their bus. Read more>>

TeacherFunder, a new fundraising and social platform, will launch on January 15. It will be a resource for teachers who typically spend their own personal money for supplies, field trips and more. Read more>>

People Watch

Visalia Times-Delta
Tim Hire, formerly Exeter USD’s superintendent, will take over at the helm of the California district. He replaces Jim Vidak, who has served as the leader of Tulare County’s education for seven terms. Read more>>

The Coast News Group
Rancho Santa Fe’s school board has hired Donna Tripi as the California district’s new superintendent. She will replace former Superintendent David Jaffe and interim superintendent Kim Pinkerton. Since 1999, Tripi has served as the principal of La Jolla Elementary School. Read more>>

Meriden Record-Journal
Ridge Road Elementary School principal Patrick A. Stirk has been named as the next superintendent of North Haven Public Schools. He replaces Robert Cronin, who is retiring in March. Read more>>