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Steven Blackburn
Some student information systems only allow online learning platforms to use the legal names of students, which can reveal the gender identity of transgender students. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
Teens feeling isolated by stay-at-home orders use new and old tech to stay connected; parents praise school leaders' coronavirus response, but see equity gaps. Read more>>

Charles Hendrix
In an example of how a state could help districts with coronavirus-related federal funding, Montana releases Education Stabilization Fund guidance for LEAs, plus an estimate of allocations for each district and school. 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>>

Rushton Hurley, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker
It’s time to consider planning for a switch from in-person to online learning—and back again—for the next year or more, says Rushton Hurley, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
Wichita schools' CTE program steps in as local aviation manufacturing industry looks for qualified employees to help with challenges of retaining talent. Read more>>

Top News

Chalkbeat New York
New York City has ordered schools to stop spending money that isn’t related to the coronavirus pandemic. Schools may still spend on remote instruction training, online materials, ordering art supplies to send to students’ homes and more. They may also give teachers additional pay to tutor students, offer “Saturday academies” at struggling schools, or manage “mandated” services Read more>>

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Nearly a million Tennessee students will likely not return to school this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Bill Lee officially called on public schools to remain closed for the rest of the school year. Read more>>

The Sacramento Bee
State officials are discussing several different scenarios for opening schools up this fall, including how to physically distance students from one another. Scenarios under discussion include possibly staggering students and class schedules. Read more>>

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Schools across San Diego County have been handing out thousands of free meals for children at school sites during the COVID-19 closures. But some families aren’t able to go to school to get food. So some schools have been delivering food to families directly. Read more>>

Austin ISD has deployed 110 school buses now equipped with Wi-Fi to neighborhoods and apartment complexes where the district identified the highest need for internet access. The buses have Wi-Fi capabilities up to a distance of 300 feet. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

As schools and learning have moved online, one of the biggest challenges has been providing special education. With no road map or template for how to teach special needs students in this new world, teachers have been forced to innovate, adapting as they go along. Read more>>

Kids are without playmates. Parents are disconnected from other adults who can help them cope. Loneliness may be amplified. There are myriad ways in which our national quarantine could affect kids. The National Science Foundation is fast tracking grants to help researchers study these sorts of questions. Read more>>

Industry News

AristotleK12 enables educators to maximize student potential in both physical and virtual classrooms. With the newest features, educators will have the ability to share live video with students, utilize audio capabilities to teach a lesson and more. Read more>>

Bloomboard/Minnesota Service Cooperatives
Bloomboard has partnered with Minnesota Service Cooperatives to support Minnesota districts in providing a relevant, job-embedded approach to professional learning and career advancement through micro-credentials. Read more>>

Construction Watch

Detroit Free Press
Dozens of Michigan construction projects are on hold for now, halted by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay home order amid the COVID-19 outbreak. That means that not only are teachers and other staffers kept out of schools, so are construction workers. Read more>>

Boulder Daily Camera
Seven Boulder schools with construction projects underway or starting soon will stay closed to in-person learning through the end of the school year. Read more>>