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Matt Zalaznick
Providing broadband internet access this summer to 9 million students who aren't connected to online learning would cost more than $7 billion. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
Reforms resulting from coronavirus closures might include blended learning where struggling students spend more time in classrooms while others take online classes. Read more>>

Steven Blackburn
Social isolation as a result of the novel coronavirus is having a negative effect on the mental health of young adults aged 16 to 18, the latest edition of a recurring monthly survey finds. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
Providing books that students can read and relate to not only supports literacy, reading comprehension, and language growth but also offers a social-emotional boost during coronavirus closures. Read more>>

Claude Bornel
The 30 Days of Families Learning Together tool offers literacy-boosting strategies that can be passed along to parents. 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>>

Gustavo Balderas, DA guest columnist
Ironically, our best efforts to continue educating our students through distance learning may serve to widen the opportunity and achievement gaps between our student groups, says DA guest columnist Gustavo Balderas, superintendent of Eugene School District 4J in Oregon. Read more>>

Top News

The New York State Education Department announced a statewide task force would be created consisting of superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, school board members and other stakeholders to guide reopening of schools. Read more>>

The free SAT day for West Virginia high school seniors this fall is being offered to students who lost their chance to take the state-provided SAT School Day as juniors this spring, because of COVID-19. Read more>>

Globe Gazette
A proclamation by Gov. Kim Reynolds included provisions closing schools and waiving the instructional time and minimum school day requirements until the end of the current school year—but there was no mention of the Aug. 23 school start date waiver. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Detroit
Michigan will distribute $130 million to child care providers to help them weather the coronavirus crisis. Providers who have remained open to the children of emergency workers during the crisis will be eligible for more funds. Read more>>

New York Post
Under the new policy, for kindergarten through fifth grade, instead of traditional grades, there will be two grading standards in which students will either receive “meets standards” or “needs improvement.” Read more>>

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Washington state’s superintendent of education offered calendar guidance on the last day of school in an emergency ruling. The decision says each of the state’s 297 districts must add five school days to whenever their year was scheduled to end. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Chicago Tribune
Keeping kids active, moving and participating in physical education from the confines of a computer screen has its challenges. Still, teachers and other experts agree that it is more important than ever during this uncertain and anxious time in their lives. Read more>>

Taunton Daily Gazette
We know it’s important to teach financial literacy because good money management skills learned at an early age will transform lives for the better and position all of us to deal with emergencies and economic downturns such as what we are experiencing. Read more>>

Industry News

CompTIA's new CompTIA CyberPrep tech curriculum allows middle schools and high schools, regardless of teacher experience in technology, to give their students a tech education. Read more>>

Voyager Sopris Learning/Cambium Learning Group, Inc.
Cambium Learning Group, Inc.'s Voyager Sopris Learning is offering ClearSight to deliver interim and benchmark assessments. The online platform covers English language arts and math for grades K–11, as well as science for grades 5, 8 and 11. Read more>>

People Watch

Fox Chapel Herald
The Pennsylvania district hired Mary Catherine Reljac to replace Gene Freeman as Fox Chapel ASD's top administrator. Reljac comes from the Franklin Regional School District, where she was assistant superintendent. Read more>>

Idaho Press
The Melba School District announced longtime Melba Elementary School Principal Sherry Ann Adams as its next superintendent. She has worked for 19 years in the principal’s position. She replaces Superintendent Andrew Grover. Read more>>