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Chris Burt
Here are free resources, services and teaching materials being offered at no charge during the coronavirus outbreak. Updated on April 29. Read more>>

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Rachelle Dene Poth, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker
DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Rachelle Dene Poth suggests ways to leverage technology to create more social interactions and foster connections with students (and educator peers) during school closures. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
Kansas educators were working on a school redesign project focused on personalized learning, soft skills and community partnerships when the coronavirus closed schools. Read more>>

Top News

The Connecticut Mirror
In the next few weeks, 60,551 students attending high schools in the Connecticut’s 33 lowest-performing districts will be given free laptop computers by The Partnership for Connecticut. Read more>>

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Attend this DA webinar to learn how to deliver special education-related services to students via in-home teletherapy during school closures. Register now>>

Chalkbeat Chicago
Illinois will likely waive state tests and school ratings this spring, the state board has informed the federal education department. Once the waiver is approved, schools will maintain their accountability status for next school year. Read more>>

Anchorage Daily News
The Alaska Senate approved a $4.6 billion state budget plan this week, which must be reconciled with a competing budget plan by the Alaska House. The Senate bill includes $30 million in extra funding for K-12 schools. Read more>>

The Boston Globe
Gov. Charlie Baker has extended the shutdown of all Massachusetts schools, public and private, and all non-emergency day care facilities until May 4. Read more>>

The Heartland Institute
North Carolina Superior Court Judge David Lee ordered the state to formulate a plan to increase spending on K-12 education by an estimated $8 billion. Read more>>

Chalkbeat New York
New York City district leaders have been consumed with ironing out remote learning details and getting meal deliveries to students. Now another question looms: Will districts keeping their buildings closed past April 1 lose state funding if they don't make up for lost classroom time? Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Hill
The lack of consensus on how long and whether school closures should continue likely will intensify disagreements over the role of school in educating and caring for children. These questions will affect public perception of teachers and the work they do. This needs to be a concern, especially for teachers, staff and their allies. Read more>>

The Baltimore Sun
Relying on computers and home access to the internet can be problematic to avoid worsening educational inequities. As the school systems gear up for a longer closure, it’s important they take a more layered approach to remote education. Read more>>

Industry News

SAP
SAP SE is offering a new digital initiative for students and others with massive open online courses, university-level courses and the SAP Young Thinkers program. Topics include data science, machine learning, Java programming, ethical artificial intelligence and more. Read more>>

Alma Technologies, Inc.
Alma Student Information Services announced its latest platform update offering improved distance tracking and distance learning with access to real-time virtual classrooms, homework assignments and curriculum resources. Read more>>

Construction Watch

My Columbia Basin
Walla Walla Public Schools’ construction projects have been given the green light to continue. The state informed all superintendents that their districts would not be precluded from continuing their school construction projects. Read more>>

The Buffalo News
Major construction and renovation projects continue almost unabated, particularly public-sector projects such as schools, or those considered to be of high priority. Read more>>