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As your schools are going gradeless or switching to standards-based grading, a new report says that tough grading backed by high expectations will elevate student achievement. Read more>>

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Matt Zalaznick
Students have a greater chance of coping with traumatic childhood experiences and succeeding in class when they can turn to a trusted adult at school. Read more>>

Chris Burt
Attendees at the Future of Education Technology Conference learned the benefits of starting an esports program at schools and best practices for long-term success. Read more>>

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The Center Square
After Illinois state lawmakers toiled for years over changing the formula for how the state funds school districts, Republicans said Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposal to hold back millions unless voters approve a progressive income tax puts that in jeopardy. Read more>>

The Senate Appropriations Committee made several tweaks to the Senate school safety bill, including removing a provision that would have allowed Florida school districts to assign expelled students to school-based pre-arrest diversion programs. Read more>>

The Times
One bill would add electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices as topics to be taught. Another would require students in grades 6-12 to learn about the legal and personal consequences of sharing sexual images and videos. Read more>>

The Hill
After years of silence, Oklahoma schools will now be teaching about the deadly Tulsa Race Massacre. A new framework and teacher training provided by the state will support a comprehensive study of the event. Read more>>

Florida Politics
Legislation that makes sweeping changes to the state’s K-12 testing requirements and the process for helping low-performing schools cleared the House Education Committee. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Newark
Newark will start giving some students monthly bus passes instead of single-use tickets, officials said—a trial run years in the making designed to cut costs and ease logistical headaches for schools and students. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

In some states, altering district lines requires amending the constitution. In others, parents are trying to secede from established districts into wealthier enclaves that preserve tax revenues for themselves. Districts are choices about what children deserve. Read more>>

The New York Times
Many boys and young men think the movement is essential for girls and women, but struggle with how they fit into it. While boys are finally learning about the necessity of consent, they still face dated stereotypes that limit and confound them. Read more>>

Industry News

Among the 28 new products being launched is the latest LEGO licensed activity kit, LEGO Gear Bots. Using LEGO Technic bricks, kids learn the fundamentals of STEAM concepts like chassis, axels and cams. Read more>>

Chef Ann Foundation/Whole Kids Foundation
The Chef Ann Foundation picked five districts for the three-year Get Schools Cooking grant program, which is designed to guide districts through the process of becoming a self-operated, sustainably-run, scratch-cook meal program. Read more>>

People Watch

Rita Raichoudhuri was chosen to lead the Michigan district as superintendent. She is currently the executive director of early college and career education at Chicago Public Schools. Read more>>

Aiken Standard
The South Carolina district's school board named King Laurence as superintendent. He had been the Aiken County Public School District's chief officer of administration before starting to serve as the interim superintendent in September. Read more>>