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Melissa Ezarik
Here are takeaways from two superintendent speakers on leading districts through technology innovation today. Read more>>

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Chris Burt
Five academic esports leaders at the Future of Education Technology Conference say giving students opportunities and monitoring them well is key to success. Read more>>

Steven Blackburn
The annual pitch event gives schools immediate access to innovative new solutions and opens up a massive network for ed tech startups. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
The leader of Alabama's Hoover City Schools spends her ‘downtime’ felling trees, clearing brush and repairing mechanical equipment on her 40-acre farm. Read more>>

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Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation which will allow students to be excused from school for two hours to vote in a primary, general, special, or any election in Illinois at which propositions are submitted to a popular vote in Illinois. Read more>>

The Blade
The Ohio Senate president said he's confident the voucher expansion bill will receive the supermajority necessary so that it could take effect immediately before the start of the Feb. 1 application period rather than wait the usual 90 days. Read more>>

The Senate Education Committee passed legislation that calls for armed officers on every school campus. It also directs districts to hire enough counselors or mental health professionals to have one for every 250 students. Read more>>

State House News Service via WBSM
Gov. Charlie Baker’s first state budget after the signing of an education funding reform law in November proposes boosting K-12 school aid by 6 percent, or more than $300 million. Read more>>

The Standard-Times
A draft of proposed changes to Florida’s admissions rules for vocational high schools included eliminating discipline as a criterion unless the student had been suspended or expelled. Read more>>

Associated Press via WDIV
Funding for students from low-income families should be at least double what is allocated for those from higher-income backgrounds and 75 percent to 100 percent more for English learners. In Michigan, an additional 11.5 percent in state and local funds goes to low-income students. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Getting Smart
Unfortunately, despite our best intentions in education, the results are clear: students are rewarded for obedience. Perhaps we fear that if they become too empowered, they may take a rebellious stand against us. Read more>>

Parents, educators and clinicians are seeing an alarming increase in mental health problems among young people. Various national surveys show the rates of depression, anxiety and suicide on the rise, but what to do about it is less clear. Read more>>

Industry News

Imagine Learning
Imagine Learning released Imagine Reading, a research-based supplemental literacy solution that helps students in grades 3–8. It includes teacher-led instruction, online student practice, facilitated classroom discussion and group projects. Read more>>

HighView has launched in partnership with five of Denver's tech companies to address significant opportunity gaps. The program pairs high school students from low-income, underserved and underrepresented communities with local companies. Read more>>

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Tampa Bay Times
Addison Davis will lead Hillsborough County's school system, the nation’s seventh-largest district. He will take over for Jeff Eakins, who is retiring. Davis is currently the Clay County Schools' superintendent. Read more>>

The Orangefield ISD's board named Shaun McAlpin as the new superintendent. He previously served as assistant superintendent for finance at the Texas district. Read more>>