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Matt Zalaznick
Adding more reading time to the school day—at the expense of subjects such as social studies and science—will not help struggling readers make progress, a CAO Summit speaker says. Read more>>

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Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd, explores the most complicated ways to do everyday tasks, like taking a selfie with a telescope or crossing a river by boiling it. Full of clever infographics and illustrations, 'How To' is a mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day. Read more>>

DA Staff
These Districts of Distinction runners-up developed noteworthy programs that improved professional learning for teachers. Read more>>

Steven Blackburn
In this new track, the Future of Ed Tech Coach sessions at FETC provided the latest insights and strategies to mentor and train educators on using data to improve assessments, video training and lesson plans. Read more>>

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Los Angeles Times
A pair of hotly debated new California laws limiting which students can skip vaccines appears stuck in bureaucratic limbo, the result of uncertainty over how to interpret last-minute changes made before the legislation was signed last year by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Read more>>

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Now that most—if not all—K-12 districts use a SIS, other school systems have built integrations to streamline processes even further. Here are five platforms to consider integrating with your SIS. Read more>>

The Tennessee district told employees, parents and others at a public forum last night that it needs about $1 billion to fund all its priorities for next year. Those priorities include textbook funding, paid family leave and higher wages. Read more>>

Courier Journal
State education officials made it clear: Charter schools will not open in Kentucky without state funding. The River Cities Academy's founders assumed a budget without guaranteed state funding, leading to a second rejection from the Kentucky Board of Education. Read more>>

The Greenville News
A new bill would make security and safety purchases sales tax exempt. The exemption would extend to medical response equipment, digital security and surveillance systems for all schools, including private schools, charter schools and colleges. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Indiana
A panel of Indiana lawmakers walked back a potential pilot program for high schools after concerns were raised about allowing students who don’t receive a diploma to graduate. Read more>>

News Tribune
Missouri’s new school evaluation standards, which will take effect in two years, have an increased focus on individual school districts, student growth, equity and collaboration. Read more>>

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The Hechinger Report
Student mental health, not college and career planning, is the focus of school counselor education—and that’s hurting low-income students the most. Read more>>

Getting Smart
School design plays a large part in providing educators with the spaces they need to teach students the interpersonal and STEAM skills needed today. By connecting spaces and curating mission-based decor, school design is inspiring students. Read more>>

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Bark Technologies acquired Router Limits, a router-based online parental controls and internet management company. In the coming months, Bark will debut screen time management and filtering to complement its existing AI-powered monitoring technology. Read more>>

Washington State Library/Thorndike Press/Cengage and Gale
Thorndike Press from Gale, a Cengage company, is helping the Washington State Library improve student literacy. They are deploying a special collection of 30 large print books to 89 middle school libraries across Washington state. Read more>>