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Tampa Bay Times
The Florida Supreme Court justices agreed to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate whether districts’ “refusal or failure” to follow school safety laws put students at risk, and whether government officials committed “fraud and deceit” by using public money designated for school safety for other purposes. Read more>>

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Northeast Ohio school districts are considering and enacting nicotine testing along with drug tests, trying to discourage students from getting hooked on nicotine in the first place. Read more>>

Lincoln Journal Star
The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee voted to forward a bill that would mandate memorandums of understanding that delineate the role of the officers and require training and data collection to evaluate the program. Read more>>

The Buffalo News
Since 2013, state law requires closed charters to return assets to the home school district, but officials in Buffalo said the law lacks teeth to guarantee that it happens. They are requesting legislation for an appointed independent receiver to audit and protect public assets that should be returned to the public district after a charter school closes. Read more>>

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In his first state budget, Gov. Tony Evers, the former chief of the state’s education agency, is seeking to freeze the number of students who may enroll in private voucher schools across the state. The budget also proposes to suspend the creation of new independent charter schools until 2023. Read more>>

News Service of Florida via South Florida Sun Sentinel
Top Senate Republicans in Florida unveiled details of a package that would expand private school options for students, bolster security measures in schools, overhaul a program for teacher bonuses and expand community schools. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Game savvy teachers are giving kids the ability to play in teams and set out for conquests through role-playing games while learning important skills. Through the gameplay, kids create meaningful learning experiences with one another, both socially and academically. Read more>>

The 74
How many students in foster care graduate from school? How many pass math and reading tests? Right now, fewer than half of states can answer both questions. Read more>>

Industry News

CodeHS announced a blended computer science course fully aligned to Indiana computer science standards. The CodeHS Indiana Computer Science I course teaches the foundations of computer science and basic programming, with an emphasis on helping students develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills. Read more>>

FrontRow/Bluetooth Wireless Technology
ezRoom, FrontRow’s networkable classroom AV system, now makes it easier for instructors to share wireless content via Bluetooth and media streamers like Apple TV, Chromecast and Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. Other improvements make the solution even easier to install. Read more>>

The instructional programs Scholastic F.I.R.S.T. (Foundations in Reading, Sounds & Text) and Scholastic W.O.R.D. help students build foundational reading skills. Scholastic Literacy Pro, Watch & Learn Library and the updated BookFlix give access to hundreds of videos and thousands of authentic texts. Read more>>

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Journal Star
Tom Welsh, who was most recently executive director of high schools with Peoria Public Schools, is the new superintendent of Roanoke-Benson CUSD. He replaces Superintendent Rohn Peterson, who served the Illinois district for 12 years. Read more>>

The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
The Minnesota district chose Rob Brandl, who currently serves as the assistant superintendent and high school principal at Cedar Mountain. He has been the high school principal since 2016. Brandl will replace Robert Tews, who is retiring in June. Read more>>

The Daily Astorian
The Warrenton-Hammond School Board has chosen Tom Rogozinski, the principal of Warrenton Grade School since 2013, as the school district’s next superintendent. He will replace the retiring Mark Jeffery, who has led the school district since 2011. Read more>>