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Matt Zalaznick
Chronic absenteeism and tracking attendance are rising education equity concerns as large numbers of students have not logged in to online classes. Read more>>

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Looking beyond the flashpoints of the border or the activism of the DREAMers, Cornejo Villavicencio explores the lives of the undocumented—and the mysteries of her own life as a DACA recipient. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
Superintendents will likely need budget funds to extend school days and school years to make up for learning time lost to the coronavirus closures, a former longtime education CFO says. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
School music classes rely deeply on students performing together, and ed-tech, student voice and SEL are keeping online learning alive while schools are closed. Read more>>

Amy K. Onaga, Esq.
The switch to virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic raises numerous privacy concerns under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the IDEA. Here's how educators can prevent privacy breaches while providing special education online. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Tennessee
Getting all Shelby County Schools students learning online could initially cost anywhere from $21 million to $77 million based on three proposed options. A multi-year strategy would provide every student with a new device and internet access if they need it. Read more>>

Sharon Soliday, DA guest columnist
Many educators and special education staff go online expecting to focus immediately on the students. In reality, educators are becoming coaches for parents as well as online educators, says DA guest columnist Sharon Soliday. Read more>>

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Los Angeles Times
The LAUSD is confronting an estimated $200 million in emergency coronavirus costs—after providing computers for students and food for families. The unbudgeted spending may violate state law requiring school systems to maintain a three-year balanced budget. Read more>>

ProPublica Illinois/Chicago Tribune
State education officials had encouraged districts long ago to prepare for circumstances when they would have to teach remotely. But most of the state’s 852 districts didn’t have e-learning plans in place when schools closed in mid-March, an analysis found. Read more>>

Montgomery County's school system is developing a grading plan for the fourth period for middle and high school students based on the pass/incomplete or credit/no credit frameworks. There will be no traditional letter grade report cards for elementary school students as well. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Chicago
With the decision that affects more than 2 million students statewide, Illinois joins more than two dozen states that have said schools will not reopen this year. Read more>>

Idaho Statesman
With Idaho students completing coursework remotely, more are filling their days with farm labor and agricultural work. But educators and farmworker advocates worry it could take a toll on students’ education—or worse, their health. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The job of the school counselor has evolved over the years, from academic guide to something deeper. But the closure of nearly all schools has forced counselors to re-imagine how they can do their jobs. And the stakes have never been higher. Read more>>

At some point, schools are going to open again. Figuring out when will require some complicated medical and political calculus. The “when”of re-opening schools will matter, whether it’s early, late or right on time. But it will be equally important to talk about the “why.” Read more>>

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Kai’s Clan
Kai’s Clan has developed an immersive augmented and virtual reality coding platform for students age 7-14 years old. The STEM toolbox integrates collaborative/multiplayer coding, artificial intelligence and physical adventure mats with virtual worlds over-laid. Read more>>

Vanco/TeacherLists and School Family Media LLC
TeacherLists, a free digital, mobile-friendly supply list platform, expanded its ed tech partnerships to include Vanco, a school storefront platform. Read more>>

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The River City News
The Kentucky district's board of education promoted Chad Molley, who has served for five years as assistant superintendent. He replaces Kathy Burkhardt, who is retiring after 11 years at the helm. Read more>>

Lake County News
The Middletown USD's board of trustees named Michael Cox as the next superintendent of schools. He is currently the principal of the Alternative Education Center located in Silver Valley USD. Read more>>