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Matt Zalaznick
The leader of Alabama's Hoover City Schools maintains a presence in her district as she helps students wrangle a crawfish, steer a robot and color in the library. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
Schoolwide music instruction is having a big impact in raising test scores as K-12 leaders make the case for more robust programs in lower-income districts. Read more>>

Matthew X. Joseph, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker
Recognizing and preventing these common mistakes will help administrators become more productive, successful and respected by staff, says DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Matthew X. Joseph, who is the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at Leicester Public Schools in Massachusetts. Read more>>

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Hartford Courant
Civil rights lawyers and the state have reached a milestone agreement in the 30-year-old Sheff v. O’Neill school desegregation case that adds more than 1,000 new magnet school seats and improves the school choice lottery in a Hartford school system long plagued by a racial imbalance. Read more>>

The Washington Post
Maryland’s current and former Senate presidents have proposed a plan to generate taxes on targeted digital advertising, which could deliver more than $100 million per year to help pay for a sweeping education overhaul. Social media companies such as Facebook and Google would face as much as a 10% tax on the revenue from digital ads that target Maryland IP addresses. Read more>>

The New York Times
At a time when states and school districts are trying to increase vaccination rates and avoid outbreaks, an aggressive strategy in Seattle appears to be paying off in a region with plenty of vaccine skepticism. Read more>>

Tampa Bay Times
Florida’s shortage of teachers and guidance counselors has prompted one Tampa lawmaker to propose a requirement that all high school students, beginning with the Class of 2025, file a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid form to get a standard diploma. It’s one of several education bills that met Friday’s filing deadline for the 2020 legislative session, which begins January 14. Read more>>

Portland Press Herald
Nearly six years after a consultant urged lawmakers to make a state school safety center their priority for reducing the risk of school shootings, the Maine Department of Education is moving forward with a plan. Two security experts have been hired to report on how to create the center, which would help schools identify security weaknesses and best practices. Read more>>

Los Angeles Times
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget includes $900 million to recruit and retain teachers, part of a plan to attack a critical statewide shortage of instructors, especially in math and sciences and for students with disabilities. The plan, included in his $222.2 billion budget unveiled Friday, was among a range of education measures. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Forbes
Tennessee is one of the latest to consider legislation requiring students to compete only on teams that match their sex identified at birth. Georgia, Washington state and Missouri are considering similar laws. Seven others, including Texas, already have laws limiting a transgender student’s ability to play on the team of their identified gender. Read more>>

Miami Herald
We’ve seen it in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky. Just a few weeks ago, thousands of teachers took over Indianapolis. Now it’s Florida’s turn. On January 13, thousands will converge in Tallahassee to demand better funding for public schools across the state, which faces a severe teacher shortage with 3,500 unfilled positions, and better pay for educators. Read more>>

Industry News

Adventure 2 Learning
Adventure 2 Learning's new platform provides teachers with a better user experience; more on-demand, interactive videos; and supplemental resources. Videos focus on core curricula, social and emotional topics, and mindfulness. Read more>>

GoGuardian
The newest version of GoGuardian Admin has been designed to solve schools’ complex needs by providing a multi-layered content filtering solution and seamless installation with a single, unified interface that cuts down management time and cost. Read more>>