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Bills filed in both the House of Delegates and Senate would prohibit students from being found guilty of disorderly conduct for actions in school or on a school bus. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor in Virginia with a potential punishment of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Read more>>

New York City Patch
About 33,000 kindergartners and first-graders in New York City will have access to free eyeglasses this year through an expanded partnership with the eyewear firm Warby Parker, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. More than 140,000 kids will get free eye exams from the city’s Department of Health. Read more>>

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Texas Tech’s College of Education recently received grant funding from the Texas Education Agency that will be used to expand efforts to increase the quality and diversity of teachers in rural school districts. The $484,000 grant will also enable the university to expand its partnership from five to 11 school districts. Read more>>

The Mercury News
By the end of January, the state will publish the initial list of hundreds of low-performing California schools that must receive intensive help under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The State Board of Education has now approved how districts with any of those schools must verify what they’re doing to turn those schools around. Read more>>

One Michigan charter school, Eagle’s Nest Academy in Flint, is now requiring clear backpacks in the hopes that the move will help curb school violence. However, parents won’t have to spend their own money for the new backpacks as the school will provide the new clear ones to all students. Read more>>

Fox 13
Sarasota school board members are considering a district-wide ban on any cellphone use during school, regardless of age or grade. In a previous proposed idea, elementary school students would have no access to their phones, while middle and high school students would have restricted access. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

When a student develops self-compassion, the seat of motivation shifts. Since internal value doesn’t depend on external achievement, it frees students up to experiment, take risks and try new paths. Self-compassion leads to learning goals instead of performance goals, which is a better academic motivator than self-criticism. Read more>>

The Atlantic
While the LAUSD strike is the latest installment of a trend driven by exasperated educators, various factors make it unique. The city’s public-school teachers are predominantly people of color—and a plurality of them are Latino, like most of the students they serve. Numerous teachers say a sense of solidarity with their students is what’s driving them to the picket lines. Read more>>

Industry News

Johnson Controls
The product is optimized to target specific frequencies of sound generated by air handling units. It also produces minimal pressure drop to improve overall system efficiency by reducing energy consumption. Read more>>

Follett Corporation
Destiny 16.5 features enhancements to Destiny Library Manager, Destiny Discover and Destiny Resource Manager, including collection playlists, genrefication improvements and more. Read more>>

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Woodland Daily Democrat
Esparto USD’s superintendent of schools, Diego Ochoa, has given his resignation to accept a similar position in Hollister in California. He also worked previously at Sweetwater School District, Antelope Valley and San Diego USD. Read more>>

Lafayette Parish School Superintendent Donald Aguillard is retiring. He was appointed superintendent in May 2015. Aguillard had previously served as superintendent of St. Mary Parish Schools. Read more>>

Olean Times Herald
The New York district has picked Jeramy Clingerman to be its new superintendent. He has been at the helm of the Marcus Whitman school district. Clingerman will replace retiring Superintendent Bob McKeveny, who has been a Seneca Falls school district administrator for 27 years and superintendent since 2008. Read more>>