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Matt Zalaznick
Special education professional development in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta is now guided by a team of 22 instructional coaches tasked with helping teachers boost student achievement. Read more>>

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When it comes to creating a culture of sustainability, there are many things K-12 schools can do to reduce their impact on the environment while also influencing the behaviors of future generations. Read more>>

Dan Brigman, DA guest columnist
Unless you are a lottery winner or have unlimited disposable income each month, the start of school calls for most parents to financially prepare for the requested back-to-school supplies. Our district found a way to reduce that burden, says guest columnist Dan Brigman, superintendent for Laurens County Schools in Georgia. Read more>>

Eugene Butler Jr., DA guest columnist
Education professionals at all levels must be part of the solution to create a high level of academic excellence, says guest columnist and longtime educator Eugene Butler Jr., a retired assistant superintendent of Tucson USD in Arizona. Read more>>

Top News

North Jersey Record
New Jersey students will take fewer state exams in high school starting with the class of 2023. The state Board of Education voted to stop giving exams in math and English for sophomores. They will also create a single 11th grade test for graduation instead of the two that students currently take. Read more>>

New York Post
New York City's Department of Education still keeps 930 excess teachers on the payroll, and many other school employees without permanent jobs. As of this month, the tenured teachers alone cost the department close to $100 million a year in salary and benefits, but remain idle or serve as roving substitutes. Read more>>

CBS Chicago
The Chicago teachers’ union cited several bargaining victories as the strike stretched into its third school day on Monday. One included a requirement that school counselors have to be assigned counseling work. In addition, homeless students will be placed with a dedicated person to help them transition. Read more>>

Among the changes, the 2019-2020 version of the Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection would remove questions that focus on preschool and school finance. The proposals would also add in more questions about sexual assault and bullying based on religion. Read more>>

Chalkbeat New York
New York City is requiring a new set of standardized tests for third and sixth graders this year at 76 public schools that the state considers low-performing. These schools are the first group under Chancellor Richard Carranza’s plan to more regularly assess student progress throughout the year. Read more>>

Tampa Bay Times
After nearly two years of trying, the Florida school district’s virtual school is ready to expand into college dual-enrollment. Beginning in January, Pasco eSchool will offer microapplications and public speaking courses required for an associate’s degree. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Hechinger Report
Restorative practices shouldn't be called anti-discipline or anti-accountability. The approach isn't necessarily a panacea, but if implemented well, it can contribute to an overall solution. Teaching students to treat one another with respect has the potential to make our schools safer and help our children get along better. Read more>>

A combination of preconceptions, stereotypes and misunderstandings keeps many students from fulfilling their potential as scientists, Bryan Brown asserts in his new book. The education professor maintains that young black and Latino students understand scientific concepts, but not in the way their teachers describe those ideas. Read more>>

Industry News

PetSmart has nearly doubled its support of teachers across North America by offering more than 10,000 grants to Pets in the Classroom, a program that provides teachers with financial support to purchase and care for small animals in their classrooms. Read more>>

Of the roughly 500,000 school buses across North America, approximately 100,000 of those equipped with CalAmp's in-cab tablet and Synovia fleet management software can now track when and where motorists are violating the stop-arm. Easy-to-understand reports are aiding police in enforcement. Read more>>

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The San Diego Union-Tribune
Matt Doyle, who has twice served as the California district's interim superintendent while maintaining his assistant superintendent of innovation duties, has been appointed superintendent. He takes on the permanent responsibilities only three weeks after former superintendent Linda Kimble was placed on administrative leave. Read more>>

The Union
Melissa Madigan, a former director of educational and student services at the Nevada Joint Union High School District, is taking over for James Berardi as the new superintendent and principal at the Twin Ridges Elementary School District. Berardi now serves as the superintendent of the Sierra-Plumas Joint USD and Sierra County Office of Education. Read more>>