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Matt Zalaznick
A growing number of colleges and universities have gone test-optional, dropping requirements for SAT and ACT standardized test scores as the coronavirus outbreak hinders students' access to the exams. Read more>>

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Frank Ferreri
With districts racing to keep up with a new law's leave rules for employers, the federal agency charged with enforcing it sheds light on what to do and when to have it done. Read more>>

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>>

Kathy Schrock, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker
Educational technologist, adjunct professor and FETC featured speaker Kathy Schrock shares the ideas, solutions and feelings of her graduate students—K-12 teachers on the front lines of moving instruction online and helping children (and parents) adjust. Read more>>

Steven Blackburn
More Latinx and other minority students are enrolling in high-rigor classes after an Illinois district created and implemented a multipronged program to improve accessibility. Read more>>

Top News

Fox News
Nearly 15,000 Los Angeles high school students have not participated in any online learning since schools were forced to shut down. A further 26,000 of the 105,000 high school students participating in online classes have not checked in on a daily basis. Read more>>

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State House News Service via WGBH
A trio of Boston city councilors asked state education officials to hold off on a new partnership with their city's school district to improve underperforming schools, saying students, educators and families need to focus on adapting to the new realities of the COVID-19 crisis. Read more>>

KPRC
Gov. Greg Abbott sought to get Texans to stay at home for the next month to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. He also announced that schools would remain closed until at least May 4. Read more>>

Oregon Public Broadcasting
Back from spring break, the Oregon Department of Education shared guidance with superintendents, making a move from supplemental learning to a more structured look at how schools should operate perhaps through the end of the school year. Read more>>

Greenville News
South Carolina students will still be graded based on the school work they're doing from home, and seniors will still be able to graduate this year, the state's Department of Education announced. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Newark
The New Jersey city's school board voted to temporarily waive any "bylaws, policies, and procedures" as needed so the board can continue conducting business during the public health crisis. They also vastly expand the superintendent’s authority. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Washington Post
From the aftermath of September 11 to the Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedies, the country has been at war externally since the members of this senior class were born and has been increasingly riven internally as they have come of age. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
Kids with disabilities are particularly vulnerable as schools shut down. Some districts even opted not to provide distance learning to students, in part out of concerns that they wouldn’t be able to effectively serve kids in special education and would face lawsuits as a result. Read more>>

Industry News

Common Sense
Common Sense has convened a group of education, media and tech partners to launch WideOpenSchool.org, a free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning as a result of the coronavirus. Read more>>

Discovery Education/Afterschool Alliance
Discovery Education and Afterschool Alliance launched Social Distancing Trainer, a new application for iOS products. It brings educational information about safe and healthy social distancing through the power of augmented reality. Read more>>