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Matt Zalaznick
Equity is driving many schools toward pass/fail, "floor grades" and other grading methods to ensure online learning doesn't derail students' academic progress during coronavirus closures. Read more>>

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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>>

Chris Burt
The High School Esports League's newest banner, Generation Esports, will run the Middle School Esports League and host tournaments, including a Social Distancing Cup, during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more>>

Charles Hendrix
The Education Department has released a new streamlined waiver request form, allowing state educational agencies to be free from meeting certain requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Read more>>

Richard Quinones, DA guest columnist
DA guest columnist Richard Quinones offers guidance for securing student connections to the internet and safeguarding data while they work remotely. Read more>>

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Chalkbeat Colorado
As schoolwork moves online during the coronavirus pandemic, Denver students won’t earn letter grades, and high school students’ spring semester work won’t factor into their GPAs. Read more>>

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Oregon Public Broadcasting
In a widely anticipated move, Gov. Kate Brown extended a March school closure past its April 28 expiration, ensuring that students and teachers will not congregate in person before summer break. Read more>>

New York Post
The New York City Department of Education's startling $264 million budget slash—which will impact programs ranging from early education to teacher training—is part of larger $1.3 billion spending drawdown across a slew of strapped city agencies. Read more>>

Gov. Kim Reynolds extended school closures through April 30 and told districts they had three options for how they plan to teach students. They include no continuous learning, voluntary educational enrichment and required educational services options. Read more>>

A national poll of teenagers at the end of March suggests distance learning has been far from a universal substitute. Forty-seven percent of the responding public school students say they haven't attended a single online or virtual class. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report
School closures may worsen the child obesity crisis, experts warn. Social distancing and stay-at-home orders limit opportunities to exercise, particularly for city kids living in small apartments. As a result, inactivity, screen time and snacking are likely to increase. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Detroit
With officials indicating that they will be "flexible" about special education laws, not all districts will be able to accommodate their students with special needs. Advocates worry they will miss out on their right to a fair education and need extra services when they return. Read more>>

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Version 2.0 of InferCabulary features new student activities and teacher features that make it easier to integrate into instruction, including Google Classroom rostering, the WordExtractor tool and other vocabulary challenges. Read more>>

Students can travel back in time and space to the Battle of Gettysburg through Gettysburg: A Nation Divided, a new mixed-reality app from QuantumERA. The immersive scenes include 360-degree views and avatars of soldiers who fought in the battle. Read more>>

Construction Watch

New Jersey 101.5
Gov. Phil Murphy imposed further restrictions on commerce as the coronavirus pandemic continues. The construction ban excludes work at hospitals, schools, transportation and other areas. Read more>>

Los Altos Town Crier
Although the new stay-at-home order issued last week bans most residential and commercial construction, local high school construction in California will be able to move forward. Read more>>