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Matt Zalaznick
Teachers spend about 20% to 40% of their time—or about 13 hours a week—on activities that could be automated using existing technology, according to a new report. Read more>>

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Ericka R. Hursey, DA guest columnist
Building relationships, setting expectations and showing appreciation are key to student and staff success. But we can’t get there if we don’t listen and connect, says DA guest columnist Ericka R. Hursey, who is principal of Lower Richland High School in South Carolina. Read more>>

Steven Blackburn
The “Elementary Digital Tools Sandbox” was a huge service to district leaders and curriculum developers. Many participating vendors also staffed booths throughout the vast Expo Hall, while others focused exclusively on the sandbox event. Read more>>

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Top News

Dayton Daily News
The Ohio House approved a bill that would move the state to an income-based model for private-school vouchers as well as stop new state takeovers of struggling schools until 2024. Read more>>

The Salt Lake Tribune
For the second year in a row, the House Education Committee has unanimously endorsed a bill to do away with the controversial practice of assigning a single letter grade to each of the state’s public schools. Read more>>

The Seattle Times
A proposed bill would tighten the definition of a school counselor’s duties and aim to align Washington law with national guidelines. The legislation doesn’t address counselor-student ratios, but would help ensure counselors use their time effectively. Read more>>

Wisconsin Examiner
Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order calling for a special session to increase state funding for public schools. In particular, he is calling for investing in special education, mental health services and rural sparsity aid. Read more>>

The Associated Press
Classes were supposed to start Jan. 9. While 331 schools opened late as a result of the quake, 61 percent of the island’s 856 public schools remain shuttered as a growing number of critics blame the island’s Department of Education for the situation. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Chalkbeat New York
How do we establish a community of learners out of this linguistically and culturally diverse group? What common materials and curriculum could possibly be relevant to all these students? Read more>>

The Conversation
From being subjected to harassment and threats to getting assaulted or having their cars keyed, many American teachers are being victimized. Read more>>

Industry News

NetRef/Cipafilter
NetRef's simple controls enable educators to decide class-by-class and even student-by-student which websites are acceptable in their classrooms while Cipafilter's context-sensitive content filtering provides another level of protection. Read more>>

CTL
The new Chromebooks CTL added to its NL71 series offer convertible and rugged designs, the latest Intel Gemini Lake processors, and Wi-Fi speeds up to 1.7ghz. Read more>>

People Watch

Las Cruces Sun News
After six months as interim superintendent, the New Mexico school system's board of education approved Karen Trujillo for the permanent position. She was tapped after the abrupt resignation of Superintendent Greg Ewing. Read more>>

Seacoastonline.com
William Furbush was named as the next superintendent of New Hampshire's SAU 14. He is currently superintendent of the Pelham School District. Furbush will replace Valerie McKenney, who is retiring. Read more>>