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The Texas House Democratic Caucus laid out a $14.5 billion plan for school finance reform and property tax relief, releasing a list of priorities that include increasing teacher pay and benefits, paying schools more for educating low-income students, and providing more counselors for school districts. Read more>>

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In a bid to increase funding put in place last year for school safety, Gov. Bill Lee is asking for another $30 million to be placed into the school safety grant fund for the nearly 500 schools that do not have a campus resource officer. Read more>>

The state House of Delegates’s Education Committee passed a bill making major changes to the public school calendar when it comes to when students start and end school. The bill would now require the school year in all counties to take place between Sept. 1 and May 31. Read more>>

The Washington Post
Three years after launching an expensive education experiment, the District is eliminating extended school years at 13 campuses after city leaders said there was scant evidence of improved academic achievement. Read more>>

Detroit Free Press
Nearly 30 Michigan high schools are among 1,000 nationwide that will offer computer science courses this fall paid for by Amazon as part of the online retailer’s education program. The four-part Amazon Future Engineer program is aimed at getting more students to pursue careers in computer science and coding. Read more>>

The CT Mirror
As part of his plan to cut state spending, Gov. Ned Lamont is proposing a plan that would strongly encourage certain small school districts to regionalize or face a possible reduction in the state’s education cost sharing grant. The budget would also establish a School Services and Redistricting Commission. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Atlantic
Given that low pay—and accompanying low social standing—is both a result of and driving force behind men’s underrepresentation in the profession, it stands to reason that salary hikes could help stem the imbalance. A pay bump could in theory spur a cycle in which greater representation of men in the profession could slowly shift perception. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
In Richland School District 2 in South Carolina, a software program automatically tracks dozens of factors related to student performance, attendance and behavior; it updates risk levels for every student monthly. Every time someone tries to get or keep that child on track, it’s logged. Read more>>

The Litchfield County Times
As an effective disciplinary tool, suspensions have also been largely discredited. Rather than deter future behavior problems, studies show, getting kicked out of school is twice as likely to spark anger as remorse. Given all that we’ve learned about the roots of problem behavior, it’s high time for a more supportive approach. Read more>>

Industry News

Imagine Learning
The Council of Great City Schools and LAUSD estblished a nationwide “bench of contracts” with Imagine Learning, Inc. and two other publishers who have met the Council’s quality criteria for EL math materials. Other school districts can now also use these contracts to purchase vetted materials to support teachers of English learners. Read more>>

Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems has released an update of its classroom management solution for the Windows operating system. Lightspeed Systems Relay Classroom is now available in general release for Windows, Chrome OS and Mac OS. Read more>>

Magnetar Capital UChicago Financial Education Initiative
The Magnetar Capital UChicago Financial Education Initiative launched finEDge, a single-semester program designed to prepare high school students to navigate financial decisions with confidence. Read more>>

People Watch

Juneau County Star-Times
Mauston High School Assistant Principal Joel Heesch has accepted a contract offered by the Mauston School District’s school board to serve as superintendent. He will succeed current Superintendent Christine Weymouth, who is retiring. Read more>>

Patch Highland Park
The Township High School District 113’s board of education approved a superintendent contract with Hinsdale Township High School District 86’s Superintendent Bruce Law, who will take over in July. Law will replace co-interim superintendents Linda Yonke and Ben Martindale. Read more>>

Dayton Daily News
Mario Basora, who has been superintendent at Yellow Springs schools for nine years, has been chosen by the Huber Heights school district. He replaces Susan Gunnell, who will retire after 35 years in the district, the last seven as superintendent. Read more>>