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Chalkbeat Chicago
Chicago’s teachers union delivered a 75-item list of contract demands, addressing issues such as overcrowded classrooms and the loss of veteran black female teachers. The current contract with the teachers union expires at the end of June. Read more>>

State lawmakers want to bring shop class back to Colorado schools, proposing a bill that would allow schools to apply for state grant money to build career technical programs in a wide range of fields. Instead of birdhouses, they’re hoping they will build real houses, like they do at Green Mountain High School. The school incorporates shop class into math class. Read more>>

The Los Angeles teachers union said it’s heading back to the negotiating table with the school district. Talks resumed for the first time since more than 30,000 educators walked off the job this week. But while teachers demand millions more dollars in school funding, their school district has lost $69 million—and counting—during the strike. Read more>>

The Buffalo News
Not only are New York districts disappointed by the funding levels proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but they’re wary about his proposal that would force districts to shift more money to their poorest schools. The governor proposed a $956 million increase in school aid plus a $37 million increase in charter school tuition and facilities reimbursement and Smart Schools Bond Act debt service. Read more>>

The Washington Post
Lee County Public Schools is asking a circuit court judge to order the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services to allow the system’s superintendent to become a special conservator of the peace, a designation county officials believe would permit him to carry a gun on school property. The school system filed the lawsuit challenging the state’s decision to bar the system’s employees from carrying firearms. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Hechinger Report
The word assessment describes vastly different things. Yes, the nail-biting, end-of-year exam is an assessment. But so is the couple-questions quiz a teacher gives at the end of a lesson. These lower-stakes, frequent assessments are vital for student performance. Assessments create feedback for teachers and students alike, and the high value of timely feedback is well-documented by learning scientists. Read more>>

The Enquirer
More than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistle blowing. Why? Parents are verbally criticizing game officials or coaches. The shortage of licensed high school officials is now severe enough in some areas that athletic events are being postponed or cancelled. Read more>>

Industry News

Shmoop’s AP U.S. Government and Politics test prep familiarizes students with the 2019 redesign of the course and exam. It includes guides on new question formats, core disciplinary practices, required foundational documents, required Supreme Court court cases and newly-specified course content. Read more>>

RISE Education Cayman Ltd
Aiming to build a new English language learning model, the intelligent learning platform includes the Rise Teacher teacher-end app and the Rise+ parent-end app. With access to RISE’s online tutoring tools, the platform can facilitate efficient communication, including the ability for teachers to post videos and photos of classes. Read more>>

McGraw-Hill Education
Reveal Math for grades 6 through 12 will be available in fall 2019, followed by the release of the K5 edition. Inspire Science will be available for K12 classroom implementation beginning in fall 2019. Additionally, Inspire Science Collaboration Kits for grades K8 help make planning easier for hands-on time so teachers can focus on the curriculum. Read more>>

People Watch

Deputy Superintendent C. Todd Cummings has been promoted to be the Indiana district’s new superintendent. He will replace Kenneth Spells when he leaves at the end of the school year. Read more>>

Daily Herald
Peter Hannigan, currently assistant superintendent for human resources at Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, will be the next superintendent in Hawthorn Elementary District 73. The district in 2018-19 has been led by two interim superintendents after former Superintendent Nick Brown took a position in Indiana. Read more>>

The Day
Acting Superintendent of Schools Laurie Pallin has been permanently appointed to head up the Connecticut school district. She has served as acting superintendent since April 2018 when the school district placed former superintendent Brian Levesque on paid leave. Pallin has worked in the Montville school district since 1992. Read more>>