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Matt Zalaznick
Daniel Pink’s FETC® keynote took place midmorning, when, in accordance with the theme of his speech on school start times, most people—even sleepy high school students—are most ready to learn. Read more>>

Carol Patton, DA HR columnist
Offering competitive salaries or developing a variety of income opportunities for instructional and noninstructional employees and job seekers sends a clear message: You’re valued, needed and essential to our district’s success, says DA HR columnist Carol Patton. Read more>>

Matthew X. Joseph, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker; Christine Ravesi-Weinstein, DA guest columnist
DA guest columnists Matthew X. Joseph and Christine Ravesi-Weinstein share seven ways after-school activities benefit students and complement academics—and why they should not be cut to overcome budget shortfalls. Joseph, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at Leicester Public Schools, is a featured speaker at FETC. Read more>>

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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>>

Top News

The Missouri General Assembly is being asked to let virtual schools count the enrollment of its full-time students instead of the school district where the students live. Read more>>

The Salt Lake Tribune
The House and Senate committees on revenue and taxation voted on two bills, which together would amend the state’s constitution to allow income tax spending on noneducation programs and establish a fund to protect school budgets against an economic downturn. Read more>>

The state is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by three school districts challenging a 2011 Indiana law that permits charter schools to purchase vacant school buildings for $1. Read more>>

A bill that would require cursive writing has passed the State Senate and now goes to the House. The bill would require each school corporation, charter school and accredited nonpublic elementary school to include cursive writing in its curriculum. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Colorado
Districts would have to craft written policies spelling out whether specialized behavior therapists are allowed in classrooms under legislation that passed the House Education Committee. The bill is less than what parents of children with autism had hoped for. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Hechinger Report
Seattle Public Schools is one of several districts looking to dismantle gifted and talented programs as a way to end racial segregation within schools, but will the solution hurt more kids than it helps? Read more>>

West Valley View
School districts all over Arizona are challenged today by aging schools and inadequate funds to repair or replace them. This is a major problem for our educators and for the children they teach—and it is a violation of the Arizona Constitution. Read more>>

Industry News

Forecast5 Analytics, Inc./GuideK12, LLC
Forecast5 Analytics, Inc. announced that it has acquired GuideK12, LLC, a geovisual analytics software company that enables schools to analyze district data by adding a geographic and visual dimension to their student and community information. Read more>>

Kendall Hunt/University of Chicago and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation/Magnetar Capital Foundation
finEDge is a comprehensive financial education program that shapes high school students’ long-term financial behaviors by encouraging questioning, discussion and applying concepts to one’s own life and unique financial situation. Read more>>

People Watch

The Iowa school district chose Michelle Morse, who is currently the assistant superintendent/human resources for the Newhall School District in California. Morse will replace Superintendent Mike Raso as the Bettendorf Community School District's superintendent. Read more>>

Findlay City Schools' board members chose Troy Roth to be the district's next superintendent following current superintendent Ed Kurt. Roth has been with the Ohio district for five years as the assistant superintendent. Read more>>