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Tiffany Nix, superintendent of Leechburg Area schools in Pennsylvania, watched in frustration for years as hundreds of thousands of dollars went out the doors of her small, cash-strapped district with families who enrolled their children in cyber charter schools. Read more>>

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Matific, a K-6 math resource designed to help close achievement gaps, is challenging teachers and students across the country to participate in the annual Math Games. Is your school taking part? Read more>>

The state’s Next Generation Accountability indexes show an upswing in the number of students improving in their own math and reading performance from one year to the next, taking more college level courses, graduating on time and taking an art course before they leave high school. Read more>>

Chicago Sun-Times
Bill would expand the definition of consent from the brief treatment it was originally given — “[there must be] discussion on what constitutes sexual consent” — to a detailed list of what consent means and how it might show up during a sexual encounter. Read more>>

Appleton Post-Crescent
On the morning of the fifth snow day this school year, 16-year-old Davis Greene slept in, but didn’t get a pass from school. Once he was up, the Neenah High School junior walked downstairs and joined peers across the school district for whom school, at least digitally, was in session. Read more>>

One Arkansas lawmaker wants to get more students reading by putting money on the line—specifically, their lunch money. Rep. Alan Clark’s bill, if passed, would reduce a district’s “national school lunch funding” if they’re struggling in the reading department over a period of time. Read more>>

The Sacramento Bee
The bill codifies a recent opinion by the California attorney general that says charter schools, which are publicly funded but operate independently of traditional public school systems, must follow the same transparency rules as traditional public schools. Read more>>

The Baltimore Sun
Acknowledging the growing visibility of transgender students, Maryland education officials issued guidelines four years ago suggesting how schools could provide safe spaces for these students. Now, Baltimore is poised to take those protections a step further. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Arizona is one of at least seven states with curriculum laws around LGBTQ issues, according to the advocacy group GLSEN. But of all the state laws, Arizona’s is the only one that bans promoting “a homosexual life-style,” says University of Utah law professor Clifford Rosky. Read more>>

The Kansas City Star
In virtually every measurable category, black students in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, were being outperformed by their white counterparts, according to an extensive study commissioned by the district. And while black students accounted for 12 percent of the district’s enrollment, they represented nearly 36 percent of the district’s suspensions. Read more>>

Vermont lawmakers have proposed a nearly $30 million package this year to expand early education and child care access in Vermont. But the officials who joined the actress at a Burlington child care center last week were not ready to sign on to the allocation. Read more>>

CBS News
Instead of the traditional labor protest over wages and benefits, teachers are calling out a wide range of problems that they argue weaken public schools. It’s a crisis that’s been in the works since cities and states cut their school funding during the recession. Read more>>

Industry News

Illumina Corporate Foundation/Discovery Education
Illumina Corporate Foundation and Discovery Education launched DNA Decoded, a program designed to equip middle and high school teachers with the power to unlock the study of genomics in everyday life. Read more>>

CrisisGo/Sonim Technologies
The CrisisGo mobile app will be integrated with Sonim Technologies’ XP8 ultra-rugged device. The Sonim XP8, which features functionality critical to emergency first responders, is FirstNet Ready, connecting eligible users via the FirstNet nationwide public safety communications platform. Read more>>

Curriculum Associates
The LAUSD’s board of education approved i-Ready and Ready Mathematics for grades 6 through 8 for Instructional Mathematics Materials for English Learners. In November, the Board approved i-Ready Diagnostic and i-Ready Instruction for reading and mathematics for grades K8 for its Evidence-Based Interventions for State-Identified Schools. Read more>>

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Education Week
Among more than 30 startups vying for the top spot at the Future of Education Technology Conference’s Pitchfest competition were those focused on coding, reading comprehension, writing and social-emotional learning. This year, judges of the competition saw something new. Many of the entries expressed a dual commitment to a social mission and profitability. Read more>>