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Crain's Detroit Business
School mental health services are expected to get a boost from new money the Michigan Legislature appropriated last year. Many public school districts and school-based health centers are expected to tap into $30 million in new state mental health funds to address unmet needs at more than 1,500 schools. Read more>>

The Daily Caller
Cumberland County High School students filed a lawsuit against the Mechanicsburg ASD after the Pennsylvania district refused to rescind its policies preventing the students from handing out Bibles on campus during non-instructional hours. Read more>>

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association rejected the latest offer from the Denver Public School District. The district proposed adding $3 million to the deal during the 2020-21 school year by eliminating 100 positions in the central office. The new proposal would have committed an estimated $50 million in teacher increases over three years. Read more>>

Pioneer Press
Minnesota schools will not be punished if they fall short of the state’s instruction time laws because of last week’s dangerous weather, Gov. Tim Walz’s office said. Classes have already been canceled across the Minneapolis metro area for a fourth consecutive day due to snow and cold. Read more>>

North Jersey Record
Under the measure, public schools must include lessons about the political, economic and social contributions of individuals who are gay and transgender, starting in the 2020-21 school year. The bill also requires teaching about contributions of people who are disabled. The law does not apply to private schools. Read more>>

Three groups representing West Virginia school groups said they are poised to take statewide action on an education reform omnibus bill and expect to take a vote this week. The bill bundles together a 5 percent pay raise and money for public health insurance with other education reforms, including charter schools. Read more>>

One North Dakota bill would have mandated school board members be randomly drug tested at least once a year during their term. The other would have made school boards create a drug testing policy for staff or those receiving remuneration for services provided to the school district. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Hechinger Report
For educators, the big challenge is figuring out how best to teach students not just to receive knowledge but to apply it. Educators are also experimenting with approaches like “project-based” and “student-centered” learning, that encourage collaboration and solving complex problems that have applications for the real world. Read more>>

The Conversation
When it comes to teaching students about slavery, teachers often stumble through the topic. In the worst cases, they use poorly conceived lessons that end up inflaming students and communities. One idea is moving beyond textbooks, which often use inadequate or inaccurate descriptions, to include records and firsthand accounts. Another way is to get out of the classrooms by visiting museums and historic sites. Read more>>

The Atlantic
Analyzing data out of a massive physical education initiative in Texas, researchers concluded that a daily physical education mandate didn’t have any positive impact on kids’ health or educational outcome. They found that the four-year program actually had detrimental effects, correlating with an uptick in discipline, bullying and absence rates. Read more>>

Industry News

SICO Incorporated
SICO has introduced the Enriched Dining Experience, with the goal of helping K12 schools create more exciting, profitable and efficient dining spaces. The portfolio includes free interior design consultation, and a product line of dining tables, booths, chairs, signage, trash receptacles and serving line accessories to manage queue lines. Read more>>

mySportResume, Inc. is a dynamic sport resume builder that enables athletes to create their own personalized sport webpage, find colleges, contact and share information with coaches, and manage online search engine ranking, all for free. Read more>>

KinderLab Robotics, Inc.
KinderLab Robotics expanded its KIBO curriculum suite by announcing the K2-focused Growing with KIBO. It is designed to support classrooms with a complete, sequenced STEAM curriculum covering robotics, coding and computational thinking. In addition, it provides opportunities for integrating these topics with arts and literacy activities. Read more>>