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Gov. Larry Hogan is allocating a percentage of Maryland’s casino revenues to an education trust fund for public school systems. But with that extra monies, some local educators are worried about how it will be dispersed to school districts, and whether it will be on top of maintenance of effort or a part of the existing budget. Read more>>

After the 2016 presidential election, teachers across the country reported they were seeing increased name-calling and bullying. Now, research shows junior high school student in Virginia areas that favored Trump reported bullying rates in spring 2017 that were 18 percent higher than students living in areas that went for Clinton. Read more>>

Charleston Gazette-Mail
As the legislative session begins in West Virginia, educators have started demonstrating against a move last month by Gov. Jim Justice’s PEIA Task Force. Created as part of a deal to end the prior teachers’ strike, the team leaders stated the force wouldn’t recommend a long-term way to fund the state health insurance program at its current benefit levels before this session. Read more>>

The Baltimore Sun
The Maryland district’s school board voted to close a handful of schools, adding to the dozens that have been shuttered in the district over the past decade. The vote on the latest round of closures comes as the Baltimore district grapples with how to handle a shrinking student population and many low-performing schools. Read more>>

The 74
The California Rural Ed Network recently launched an online resource bank that offers free informational and professional development articles about topics relevant to rural educators, such as teacher recruitment and adverse childhood experiences. Read more>>

Indianapolis Star
Bills that have been introduced or will be this week would prohibit children from having to cross state highways. Lawmakers are also seeking to raise the penalties for drivers who fail to stop for school bus stop arms and want to deploy cameras on those stop arms to capture the license plates of vehicles that do violate the stop-arm law. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Times Record
Students may never read another work of classical literature after they graduate, but they’ll see things on social media every day. Few skills could be more important these days than knowing when the news they are consuming or producing is credible, and when it’s fake. Read more>>

After seeing kids’ reading proficiency lag in both poor and wealthy families, one Massachusetts school district took a hard look at how teachers were teaching reading. Educators realized mistakes and teachers then got trained in the science of how reading works and how children should be taught. Ultimately, this training helped students read. Read more>>

Industry News

ECS Learning Systems
ECS Learning Systems’ new STAAR MASTER Score Guarantee will ensure Texas teachers and schools see STAAR performance improvements year over year. The program initially supports grades 3 through 8 for reading and math using both the STAAR MASTER student practice books and practice tests. Read more>>

Sphero launched Specdrums, the STEAM learning brand’s first music-focused product. The musical, app-enabled rings empower kids of all ages and skill levels to create and play music by using colors on a variety of surfaces as their instruments. Read more>>

Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. released Canon Rayo S11, a portable mini-projector that enables users to mirror their smartphones, project photos, videos and documents as well as play audio files wherever they are. Read more>>

Construction Watch

The News & Observer
New projections with much lower enrollment growth come after Wake County voters approved a $548 million school construction bond referendum. Amid complaints that the bond wasn’t needed, school administrators emphasized that two-thirds of the money will go toward renovations and pay for new schools in high-growth areas. Read more>>

Tampa Bay Times
For three years, the Florida Legislature has told school districts to reduce their property tax rates so their revenue would remain flat as assessed values rose. They made one exception, allowing districts to benefit from the value of new construction. As the state’s economy matures into a 10th year of continuous growth, lawmakers might want to reconsider their position. Read more>>

News From DA's FETC

FETC has announced the finalists of the 2019 FETC STEM Excellence Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation in the field of STEM education. The awards will be presented on Wednesday, January 30, live at FETC. Read more>>