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Melissa Ezarik
The social media chatter before, during and after the 40th anniversary Future of Education Technology Conference offers a glimpse at the moments worth remembering, speakers to follow, and takeaways for educators and administrators. Read more>>

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Steven Blackburn
With tight budgets and unfunded special education mandates, many school districts struggle to provide appropriate individualized programs services for students with disabilities. Read more>>

Melinda Ickes, Jim Pauly and Beth Magner, DA guest columnists
Prevention is key to reducing student use of e-cigarettes, say DA guest columnists Melinda Ickes, Jim Pauly and Beth Magner of the University of Kentucky. Here are four strategies. Read more>>

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Take the next step in your career—and in your district’s technology evolution—with guidance from top-performing CIOs who have led successful technology transformations in their districts. Read more>>

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Chalkbeat Indiana
A special investigation by state auditors found that officials from two Indiana virtual charter schools misspent more than $85 million in state funding by inflating enrollment and funneling millions to a tangled web of related companies. Read more>>

The Detroit News
The Detroit district lacks the funds to make needed repairs to many of its schools. Instead, newly approved restructuring plans will move students to buildings in better physical condition, move programs into other schools and add another examination school. Read more>>

The Utah House of Representatives approved a resolution to encourage local solutions for later high school start times, driven by an effort to reduce depression and suicide rates in Utah schools. Read more>>
A bill to prohibit transgender students from competing on high school sports teams that conflict with the sex on their birth certificate failed to get approval in an Alabama House committee. Read more>>

South Carolina Senators have finished over 13 days of floor debate on a bill that would overhaul public education, and one amendment has people talking. It could keep kids in school until Christmas eve. Read more>>

Indiana schools and teachers won’t face any penalties from lower student scores on the state’s new ILEARN standardized exam under a proposal that’s been signed into law. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Civics content needs to reflect our students' diversity. It should celebrate the virtues of our country but not shy away from critically engaging with the racism, structural inequalities and discriminatory policy decisions that have disenfranchised many. Read more>>

Getting Smart
Creating a culturally responsive classroom can seem daunting. Several teaching organizations and experts have insights and resources that can help educators navigate their journeys, including conducting an equity audit and student shadowing. Read more>>

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Richmond Publishing/MetaMetrics
MetaMetrics created developmental reading assessments for Richmond Publishing' COMPASS Reading Log program, leveraging Lexile reading and text measures to align English-language learners with ability-appropriate reading materials and track growth as they build English language skills. Read more>>

NWEA has updated College Explorer, a free interactive tool that provides insights into which colleges and universities students are already on track to enter, reaching academic growth goals, college major categories, and new cost analysis features. Read more>>

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Duluth News Tribune
The Hermantown School Board has selected Wayne Whitwam as the Minnesota district's next superintendent. He is currently the principal of the Centennial School District's Centerville Elementary School. Read more>>

The next Center School District superintendent of schools will be Yolanda Cargile. She currently serves as superintendent for the Hickman Mills School District. Read more>>