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Matt Zalaznick
The growing number of closures is raising questions about where some students will get free- and reduced-price lunch and other federally provided meals. Read more>>

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Steven Blackburn
A previous Districts of Distinction honoree continues to expand the TK-5 student mindfulness and social-emotional learning curriculum that DA recognized in 2016. Read more>>

Teresa Ketelsen and Beth Tarasawa, DA guest columnists
DA guest columnists Teresa Ketelsen and Beth Tarasawa identify three strategies for enrolling and retaining more students of color in AP programming, following successful efforts at Gresham-Barlow School District in Oregon. Read more>>

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WSPA
South Carolina lawmakers are one step closer to sending a massive education bill to the governor’s desk. Supporters say the bill’s coverage of low performing schools, accountability and early childhood education will help address classroom issues. Read more>>

The Guardian
Alabama could takes steps to lift a decades-old ban on yoga in public schools this week, but would keep a ban on the greeting “namaste” in place. Read more>>

ABC News
The bill would give Washington schools federal funding for breakfast and lunch programs if there are a high percentage of students that meet the requirements of the Community Eligibility Provision. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
For years, Mississippi’s high-quality pre-K program has reached fewer than 1 in 10 children. A new proposal could expand the state’s success story. Read more>>

Chalkbeat New York
If any New York state student or staffer tests positive for the new coronavirus, the school will close for at least 24 hours to clean the campus and assess circumstances, such as figuring out how the child got the virus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. Read more>>

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DA Staff
We are looking to include thought leadership perspectives from school district leaders, including superintendents, chief information officers and chief academic officers, in our magazine and online. Columns should have a strong point or thesis that is of interest to a national audience—something our readers will want to discuss and share. Contact us>>

Opinion & Analysis

Deseret News
Parents who volunteer at the local school can fill some gaps in public school budgets. But if schools and those who fund them don’t take care, parent volunteers may also disadvantage kids whose parents aren’t in a position to similarly show up. Read more>>

The Washington Post
For the first time in a generation or more, Montgomery is looking broadly at how it assigns students to their schools. As it eyes its jigsaw-puzzle of attendance zones, ideas about integration have run up against school attachments and neighborhood bonds and fear of change. Read more>>

Industry News

Forecast5 Analytics, Inc./Riverwood Capital/GuideK12, LLC
Forecast5 Analytics, Inc. has acquired GuideK12, LLC, a geovisual analytics software company that enables education decision makers to analyze school district data by adding a geographic and visual dimension to their student and community information. Read more>>

Acer
Acer education customers can now manage a set of creativity tools via the Google Admin Console for use on Chromebooks. The six initial tools cover book creation, music and podcasts, artwork, diagrams and notes, video creation, and screencasts. Read more>>

People Watch

Flathead Beacon
Glacier High School Principal Micah Hill has been named as the successor to Kalispell Public Schools' Superintendent Mark Flatau, who will retire at the end of this school year. Read more>>

goSkagit
Ismael Vivanco was chosen as the Washington district's new superintendent. He currently serves as the superintendent for the Orondo and Palisades school districts. Vivanco will replace Carl Bruner, who is retiring after 16 years leading the district. Read more>>