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The Denver Post
In one out of every seven Colorado high schools, half or fewer of the students who were supposed to make up the Class of 2018 graduated last year — and unless trends change dramatically, many of them never will. Read more>>

Los Angeles Times
L.A. Unified elementary school libraries are on the chopping block once again, and library aides, many of whom could lose their jobs, are screaming for justice. Read more>>

The Tennessean
The absences came in the wake of Nashville Mayor David Briley revealing his proposed budget. Briley’s $28.2 million increase for Nashville public schools’ operating budget falls short of the request from the district, which totaled $76.7 million. Read more>>

Stanford Earth
A study shows that taking advantage of all viable space for solar panels could allow schools to meet up to 75 percent of their electricity needs and reduce the education sector’s carbon footprint by as much as 28 percent. Read more>>

The New York Times
The Bear Creek High School newspaper has profiled notable students — athletes, budding entrepreneurs, academic whizzes — without incident for decades. But an article that appeared Friday in The Bruin Voice caused an uproar over free speech, feminism and student journalism, all before it was even published. Read more>>

Reuters
A picture book about a family with two moms. A lesson about Gold Rush era stagecoach driver Charley Parkhurst, who was born a woman but lived as a man. These are just some of the ways U.S. public school students will learn about LGBTQ history in a growing number of states Read more>>

Hartford Courant
The state’s first-ever release of school-by-school vaccination data show some smaller schools have high numbers of students receiving religious or medical exemptions from vaccines, eclipsing 20 percent in a number of cases. Read more>>

OPB
School districts are canceling school May 8 as teachers across Oregon plan a walkout to advocate for more school funding. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

StarTribune
Having erased a whopping $33 million deficit last spring—the largest gap in recent history—Minneapolis Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Ibrahima Diop’s 2019-20 proposed budget is balanced without having to lay off staff or dip into the district’s rainy-day fund Read more>>

The Blade
The features are increasingly commonplace—school resource officers, metal detectors, door locks, video cameras, and active shooter response plans. The problem, a University of Toledo professor concluded, is studies do not support the belief that such large investments make schools safer. Read more>>

The Washington Post
While the specifics are unique to Washington County, the narrative is being repeated in states throughout the country. And the episode helps explain why the nearly 30-year-old charter movement in this country is facing a backlash even as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continues to promote it. Read more>>

The Boston Globe
The change that is long overdue in special education must include those who are on the ground, in classrooms and schools. It won’t be easy, but if we start with them, we will begin to realize the progress that truly benefits all stakeholders in special education. Read more>>

Industry News

SAS/Boys & Girls Clubs of America
SAS launched free artificial intelligence (AI) software for teaching and learning, a new analytics simulation game, AI certifications and badging, and a Boys & Girls Club coding partnership. Read more>>

Merit Network/Quello Center at Michigan State University/M-Lab
Merit Network, in partnership with Michigan State University’s Quello Center and Measurement Lab, is addressing the digital divide in Michigan with access and availability data collection, and infrastructure investment and societal impact investigation and education. Three districts will pilot the Michigan Moonshot broadband data collection project. Read more>>