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Matt Zalaznick
Fears of coronavirus and COVID-19 have driven parents in several Seattle-area cities to petition their district administrators to close schools, according to reports. Read more>>

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Chris Hardman, DA guest columnist
Lockdown, fire and severe weather drills may dot the administrative calendar, but it is time to test your reunification procedures, too. DA guest columnist Chris Hardman, safety coordinator for Auburn City Schools in Alabama, shares what to address on the front end. Read more>>

Stacy Young, DA guest columnist
DA guest columnist Stacy Young shares tips on helping students make a seamless transition from a face-to-face to a virtual learning environment using ed tech. Read more>>

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Tulsa World
Among the House bills sent to the Senate were two measures putting added effort into diagnosing dyslexia at an early age, putting the best teachers in the most troubled classrooms and requiring criminal background checks on all public school employees. Read more>>

Amid bipartisan congressional backlash, the Education Department said that it would delay a rule change that would slash funding for rural, low-income schools. The move sent school districts scrambling. Read more>>

Metro News
The Alex Miller Law requires the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission to mandate that a defibrillator device and a posted emergency action plan must be present on the school or event grounds during extramural school athletic events and practices. Read more>>
The Department of Education said that it will issue new aid notices to public schools statewide after initially using outdated tax data that could have left districts in a position to cut staff or programs. Read more>>

Indianapolis Star
The Indiana State Board of Education released the letter grades months later than normal and without comment. The grades were delayed while lawmakers crafted legislation designed to protect schools from the impact of poor performances on the state's new standardized test. Read more>>

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DA Staff
Has your school incorporated acoustical treatments into the design of various spaces, such as classrooms or auditoriums? DA is compiling information about and images of spaces that utilize acoustic elements in a visually pleasing way for a photo-heavy feature that will appear in a future issue. Contact us>>

CIO Academy

District Administration invites all technology leaders and their management team to our National Leadership Academy. Learn how high performing tech teams address transformational leadership, cybersecurity, governance, crisis management and building strategic relationships. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

A state school security measure has turned into a tug-of-war between technology vendors, with some saying a panic button proposal is drawn to steer an $8 million state contract to a well-connected company. Read more>>

The Gazette
Aggression is complex and can stem from a variety of things including a child that has experienced traumas, biological factors or lacks the ability to regulate emotionally. These behaviors frequently become worse over time if proper mental health services are not provided. Read more>>

Industry News

Zonar partnered with BusPatrol to enable schools and districts in states with approved stop-arm camera legislation to equip their bus fleets with the latest in school bus safety and efficiency technologies from both companies at no cost. Read more>>

Edupoint Educational Systems
Indian Prairie School District 204 has selected the Synergy Education Platform by Edupoint Educational Systems for its K-12 student information and learning management needs. The solution will include Synergy Student Information System, Synergy Assessment, Synergy MTSS, Synergy Special Education and Synergy Analytics. Read more>>

Construction Watch

Associated Press via KTLA
A $15 billion bond to renovate California’s aging schools trailed in election returns Wednesday, but the gap was expected to close as several million outstanding votes were counted. It would provide funds for new construction and repairs at campuses. Read more>>

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser via Associated Press
A proposal to create a new Hawaii state agency to build and renovate public schools is moving forward despite concerns the agency would be exempt from many legal safeguards. Read more>>