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The Inquirer
Seeking funding for school safety measures to prevent shootings, a Pennsylvania state lawmaker is proposing a 10-percent sales tax on violent video games. The tax revenue would be distributed to school districts undergoing projects to improve safety, such as installing bulletproof glass, metal detectors or security cameras. Read more>>

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia lawmakers rushed through legislation to protect children from motorists at school bus stops. The legislation requires oncoming vehicles to stop unless there’s a “grass median, unpaved area, or physical barrier.” The legislation now goes to the desk of Gov. Brian Kemp. Read more>>

News Service of Florida via Orlando Sentinel
The 25 sheriff’s offices participating in the state’s school guardian program have spent nearly $2 million to buy firearm supplies such as ammunition, weapons and gun holsters. At least $3 million has gone to pay for salaries and benefits of employees involved in the training process, according to a News Service of Florida analysis. Read more>>

Sun Sentinel
Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered a statewide grand jury investigation into how Broward County’s school district and other systems across the state have handled student safety and security. But the governor stopped short of suspending school board members or the district’s embattled superintendent. Read more>>

KGTV
The Sweetwater Union High School District is not being allowed to pay its bills on its own after the San Diego County Office of Education found that the district lacked “fiscal accountability.” An independent auditor found that it was virtually impossible to determine an accurate account on how the district spends its money. Read more>>

Tampa Bay Times
The Pinellas County School Board in Florida approved an agreement with the teachers union, finalizing an overall raise of 2.55 percent and better working conditions for the 7,200 employees who staff its classrooms. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Mind/Shift
The standards-based grading approach is a growing trend. It’s part of a push to make sure kids are actually mastering the information they’re supposed to learn, not just playing a points game. That reasoning is compelling to some teachers who are excited about shifting pedagogy, but a more compelling reason is equity. Read more>>

NPR
A new study suggests living in a high-crime area, or simply passing through one on the way to school, can impact how often students show up to class. Some cities are experimenting with ways to help students get to school safely, including placing adults along highly trafficked routes to schools. Read more>>

Industry News

STOPit
STOPit has partnered with Evolution Labs and in2Vate to integrate their resources directly in the STOPit platform for participating districts. The new social and emotional learning resource center includes anonymous reporting, incident management, two-way messaging and now SEL content. Read more>>

Lexia Learning/Rosetta Stone
Lexia Learning has released the Lexia PowerUp Literacy app for iPads. It is now available in the App Store. PowerUp is designed to enhance core English language arts instruction for struggling and non-proficient readers in grades six and above. Read more>>

Great Minds
Montgomery County Public Schools has adopted Eureka Math from Great Minds as its new elementary school math curriculum. Schools will begin using the math curriculum in the 2019-20 school year as part of a three-year roll-out. Read more>>

Construction Watch

Greenwich Time
Gov. Ned Lamont’s target is to save $2 billion over the next 10 years. He wants to cut bond authorizations by $600 million a year. That should put a squeeze on new school construction, which makes up a bulk of annual capital projects and in recent years pushed annual bonding authorization to about $2 billion. Read more>>

Forbes
There is little evidence of a public schooling infrastructure crisis, and massive new federal spending would likely send much money from taxpayers outside of districts to taxpayers in districts who refuse to use their own money for new construction. Maybe that reluctance is because many taxpayers sense that there hasn’t been broad “underfunding” of public schooling or a building crisis. Read more>>

The Seattle Times
Levies to pay for Seattle Public Schools’ daily operations and construction projects were easily passing in this week’s vote count. King County’s $1.4 billion capital levy covers new buildings or major remodels at eight schools as well as other projects such as new roofs, windows, security upgrades, athletic fields and audiovisual systems. Read more>>

News From DA's FETC

EdTech Digest
Back from the recent Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, longtime educator and edtech columnist Mark Gura is sharing his “adventures at the epicenter of edtech.” Gura, who is also the former director of the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Instructional Technology, provides a roundup. Read more>>