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The Associated Press via
A sharply divided Florida Supreme Court is rejecting a lawsuit claiming the state isn’t living up to its constitutional requirement to provide a “high quality” education for all. The ruling ends a nearly decade-long lawsuit challenging school funding, which was filed by parents, students and advocacy groups. Read more>>

South Florida Sun Sentinel
The father of a student shot and killed during the Parkland school massacre has been appointed to the state Board of Education. An advocate for school safety, 52-year-old Andy Pollack is seeking accountability as well as better pay for teachers and close scrutiny of how money for schools is spent. Read more>>

The Washington Post
The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights will investigate allegations that a public school system in Montana discriminated against Native American students, according to its recent letter responding to the complaint. The complaint alleges that discrimination included dozens of instances of bullying, racial slurs and disproportionate discipline of students who are not white. Read more>>

Charleston Gazette-Mail
State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine supports a one-time pay incentive for educators who aren’t certified to teach math, but are teaching it anyway, to increase their math education skills, and for elementary school teachers to also improve their math pedagogy. Last school year, only about 37 percent of tested public school students scored as at least “proficient” in math, and the proficiency percentage for high school juniors was only 29 percent. Read more>>

Glasgow Daily Times
The Kentucky Department of Education has released a K3 Dyslexia Toolkit that provides educators and families with a resource to help meet learning needs of students with dyslexia, or those who display characteristics of dyslexia. This 20-page document comes in response to the Ready to Read Act, which directed KDE to develop and share a toolkit that school districts and educators can use to help serve students with dyslexia. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Wall Street Journal
As the federal government shutdown heads into its third week, parents in Los Angeles are also bracing for a possible shutdown of the public school system. The school district is hemorrhaging cash and students, but on January 10, the 33,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles plan to go on strike anyway, writes The Wall Street Journal. Read more>>

The News & Observer
When the North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes on January 9, seventh-grade English teacher Justin Parmenter wants legislators to consider these five ways to improve education in the state this year: Restore teaching assistants, provide trauma-informed training, overhaul school report cards, reinstate the charter cap and pay teachers well. Read more>>

The San Francisco Chronicle
Gavin Newsom, who’s being sworn in as California’s 40th governor today, is delivering on campaign promises, proposing nearly $2 billion in spending on early education and childcare programs in his first state budget proposal. An overview plan shared with The Chronicle includes $750 million for schools to implement full-day kindergarten programs and $747 million to subsidize childcare facilities and to help train childcare workers. Read more>>

Industry News

Valera Screens
The new line of mobile green screens is designed for content creators to capture, edit and produce content seamlessly. In addition, Valera Screens has a program to encourage artistic freedom and creativity in the classroom by partnering with K12 schools to provide free green screens. Read more>>

Acer Inc.
Powered by Windows 10, the thin and light Swift 7 has a new premium chassis and a display that is nearly borderless, giving the 14-inch laptop a 92 percent screen-to-body ratio. Read more>>

News From DA's FETC

William Dembi
If you ask K12 school district leaders what keeps them up at night, there’s a good chance data security ranks high on their list. So how can school districts protect their data? Many districts find the answer is cloud computing—the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, applications and other IT resources through internet-based services. Read more>>