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In 2019, states prioritized college and career funding, industry partnerships, work-based learning, industry credentials, and equity in CTE programs. Read more>>

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U.S. News & World Report
Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Maryland's first inspector general for education in an effort to bring more financial accountability to the state's school systems. Richard P. Henry is currently the executive director of the Maryland State Department of Education's Office of Compliance and Monitoring. Read more>>

Alabama Daily News via WBRC
A bill that would create a new tier of improved retirement benefits for education employees passed the Alabama House unanimously, but some lawmakers still wonder if the change should apply only to K-12 classroom teachers. Read more>>

Associated Press via The News & Observer
Revisions to New Mexico's budget plan would set aside money for the governor's tuition-free college initiative and dial back average teacher raises to 4 percent instead of 5 percent as originally proposed. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Indiana
The House's education committee is discussing a three-year pilot proposal spanning four districts that would add a new graduation option for qualifying students. It would no longer hold schools accountable for the students’ failure to earn a traditional diploma. Read more>>

Hoping to make it less cumbersome to adopt changes to Maryland’s sports gambling laws, the Senate approved legislation to take gaming provisions out of the state’s constitution. Backers of the measure argue that the revenue can be used to fund K-12 education. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Teacher preparation programs are catching up to the scientific evidence on how the brain learns to read. In 2019, more than half of teacher training programs teach the “Science of Reading,” compared to 35 percent in 2013, reports the National Council on Teacher Quality. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
Students who enrolled in college because they felt it was expected of them ended up dropping out or transferring 74 percent of the time, research revealed. For educators who have been pushing college for all, this can be a sobering conclusion. Read more>>

Industry News

Eduplanet21 announced version 5.0 of its integrated platform with new features such as a macro curriculum “blueprint” and the new Institute Builder platform module, which provides ways for districts to customize content and professional learning. Read more>>

ENA and CatchOn have expanded their partnership with Kajeet to deliver managed wireless connectivity and data analytics to school districts. ENA will offer Kajeet SmartSpot devices, portable Wi-Fi hotspots and Kajeet SmartBus. Read more>>