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The two companion bills would make all Kentucky K12 schools 100 percent tobacco-free beginning July 1, 2020. The ban would include electronic cigarettes. Those concerned about such a policy worry about impeding the personal rights of adult school personal and visitors, and about statewide law overstepping local control. Read more>>

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U.S. News & World Report
The resolution of the partial federal government shutdown has averted a crisis in the public education system: the 22 million students who rely on the federal National School Lunch and breakfast programs for meals. With federal employees returning to return to work and federal funds beginning to flow again, the programs are back on safe ground. Read more>>

LA School Report
The resolution, if approved by the LAUSD’s school board, would direct the superintendent to pursue a moratorium on new charter schools in the district. It would also require the school board to call on state officials to study the financial impact of charters on the district to inform revisions to the state’s charter law. Read more>>

A new piece of legislation would require the Indiana State Department of Health to distribute a best practices manual to schools for radon testing to better educate administrators about testing for the gas in school buildings. Read more>>

Indianapolis Business Journal
Legislation that would move up when the state superintendent of public instruction becomes an appointed position, rather than elected, passed the Indiana House with the new deadline of 2021. The original law, passed in 2017, had changed the position to an appointment by the governor in 2025. Read more>>

MTN News via KTVQ
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen joined lawmakers in support of a bill saying students cannot give consent for sexual relationships with school employees. It would prohibit any elementary or secondary school student from giving consent to a school employee, contractor or volunteer. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

State grant-making may be one of the most under-recognized levers for education improvement. When used strategically, grants to school districts and other K12 providers can spur innovation and direct dollars toward approaches with a strong track record of effectiveness. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
Can schools avoid the temptation to add more screen time to animate students’ lives? Given proficiency learning’s emphasis on adaptive learning, real-time monitoring, technology use and student engagement, it seems inevitable what that the answer will be. Read more>>

Teachers are turning to the mindfulness practice as a simple way to restore calm to the classroom, help students find some quiet space, and build self-regulation skills. But it’s also important to realize that some of the ways mindfulness is practiced—sitting still, eyes closed, in silence—can also be triggers for students who have experienced trauma. Read more>>

Industry News

Fairfax County Public Schools has selected Mackin Educational Resources as its provider for all print and digital books, audiobooks, videos, and other resources for its school libraries and professional library collections. Mackin will supply all the necessary infrastructure, expertise and customization required through 2025. Read more>>

Amplify/University of Oregon's Center on Teaching and Learning
Amplify has launched a new mCLASS early literacy suite that includes both teacher-led and adaptive student-driven instruction, as well as the mobile version of the DIBELS 8th Edition assessment developed by the Center on Teaching and Learning at the University of Oregon’s College of Education. Read more>>

Navori is unleashing a globally certified LG webOS player that integrates Navori’s QL Player software with LG’s native webOS platform. The integration delivers a built-in digital signage player engine that minimizes cabling and equipment costs, lowers theft and vandalism risks, and more. Read more>>

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Herald-Mail Media
The Pennsylvania school district’s school board named Dion E. Betts, currently an assistant superintendent with the Philadelphia School District, to be the new superintendent of Chambersburg ASD. He will replace Joseph Padasak, who is retiring. Read more>>

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Dawn Santiago-Marullo, superintendent of the Victor CSD since 2009, announced she will retire at the end of the school year. She has worked in the district for 36 years, teaching Spanish for 18 years before moving up the administrative ranks. Read more>>