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A bill in the Florida Senate proposes changing high school graduation requirements for students who want to get a head start on vocational training. It would provide a career and technical education pathway, which would allow students to take fewer higher-level high school courses in exchange for work-based learning programs. Read more>>

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Des Moines Public Schools is still looking for bus drivers more than half way through the school year. The shortage has caused changes to current bus routes, among other things. The Iowa district is now offering a $2,000 sign on bonus to anyone who helps fill the current open driver positions. Read more>>

KOB-TV
Legislators are set to take up a bill that would require public schools and charter schools in New Mexico to have at least one full-time, licensed nurse on campus. The bill does allow some exceptions, such as for rural schools with fewer than 250 students or if a part-time nurse was able to fill the position. Read more>>

Tennessean
Some Tennessee school districts would be required to provide free feminine hygiene products for students under a new bill filed in the state legislature. Many districts provide feminine care products in nurses’ offices. But nurses have reported restocking supplies themselves due to budgetary constraints or relying on nonprofits for help. Read more>>

Chicago Tribune
Some 200 unionized educators at four Chicago International Charter School campuses and management announced a tentative deal after a two-week work stoppage. The pending four-year deal includes pay raises, class size limits, one week of paid parental leave and shorter work schedules. Read more>>

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Las Vegas Review-Journal
Restorative justice reduced average suspension rates in elementary and middle schools in Pittsburgh, a recent study found. Teachers thought their school climates improved. That was the good news. The bad news was that students reported that teachers become more lax in terms of classroom management. Perhaps more concerning was what researchers found it did to student achievement. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
Student poverty rate increased only 2 percentage points after schools adopted a new lunch program for all, a Missouri study finds. Although the new data does overstate poverty within some schools, most schools that chose to participate in the new free-lunch-for-all program tended to have high levels of poverty to start with. Read more>>

Industry News

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The POWERUP 4.0 is a propulsion motor that adapts to almost any paper airplane design and transforms it into a flying machine. On land, the POWERUP RACERS Motorized Origami Vehicles transform a paper creation into a motorized car, boat or airplane. With OKO Multi View, a smartphone’s camera can be turned into an augmented reality tool or binoculars. Read more>>

itslearning
itslearning announced that Durango School District R-9 has selected the itslearning teaching and learning platform to deliver personalized, competency-based learning districtwide. Read more>>

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The Maryville Forum
The Northeast Nodaway R-V School District has hired Brenda Dougan as the new superintendent. She is currently the superintendent of the Ridgeway R-V school system, where she has served since 2014. Read more>>

KMA Land
A veteran educator is returning to the area to serve as the Treynor School District’s next superintendent. Mark Hopkins, currently the department chair for K12 programs at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, will be the Iowa district’s next top administrator. Read more>>

KTAR
The Arizona district hired John Kriekard to lead as superintendent. He came out of retirement to become Scottsdale USD’s acting superintendent in May 2018 and will now serve through June 30, 2020. He has worked as a principal, assistant principal and assistant superintendent for Scottsdale USD as well as superintendent for the Paradise Valley USD. Read more>>