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Matt Zalaznick
As more states and policymakers urge schools to expand computer science instruction, experts are examining the ramifications of how the subject is being integrated.  Read more>>

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The district, located in Alberta, Canada, deployed Wi-Fi 6 access points to support its current needs, while getting classrooms ready for new technologies. The new access points provide higher density and throughput as well as enable IT to handle more than 15,000 devices. Read more>>

Steven Blackburn
Herricks Union Free School District recently completed renovating and expanding the high school cafeteria into a 7,000-square-foot building that includes a café and commons. Read more>>

Marlo Gaddis, DA guest columnist and featured speaker at FETC 2020
Wake County CTO Marlo Gaddis, a featured speaker at FETC 2020, says that changing a district’s technology culture requires creating a vision, understanding your resources and using a balanced approach. Read more>>

Top News

Nashville Tennessean
Two legislators introduced the Helping Infrastructure Restore the Economy (HIRE) Act to move most federal agencies out of Washington, D.C. and into economically-distressed regions across the country. U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn is calling for the government to relocate the U.S. Department of Education to Tennessee. Read more>>

Nashville Tennessean
Tennessee is sitting on more than $730 million in unused federal block grant funds designed to help poor working families, a figure the Beacon Center of Tennessee says is concerning. Read more>>

Portland Press Herald
The funds are among more than $85.3 million being awarded to schools under the STOP School Violence Act, which authorizes grants to improve threat assessments, train students and faculty to provide tips and leads, and prepare law enforcement officers and emergency professionals to respond to violent incidents. Read more>>

A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would require each school district to incorporate water safety instruction into the health education curriculum for K-12 students. The classes would cover flotation devices, water conditions, rip currents and other topics. Read more>>

Meth use is on the rise in Wisconsin and it’s bleeding into high schools. The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows 2 percent of high school students in Marathon County and Wood County reported using methamphetamine in the last 12 months. Read more>>

Post Independent
A new mobile semi-trailer unit, packed full of high-tech learning gadgets, unveiled by Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College will soon be making rounds across the region to area high school and college students. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Wall Street Journal
The effects of teachers’ strike victories are starting to ripple through district budgets across the country. Oakland USD and Denver Public Schools teachers won raises but the districts ended up eliminating over 100 jobs and reduced other expenses. Schools blame the new contracts while unions blame spending management. Read more>>

U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the 1970s and 1980s addressed whether education was a fundamental right, and justices had ruled it was not. A judge leaned on those cases in a recent ruling. But he acknowledged that the question was not settled. Should plaintiffs win in an appeal against his Michigan decision, it would have sweeping impact. Read more>>

Industry News

Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc. released Version 2.0, an all-in-one web-based mathematics resource geared for the K-12 level and beyond. Version 2.0 allows students to delve into mathematics and enhance their understanding of related concepts utilizing one program. Read more>>

Capstone released PebbleGo Read More, an add-on feature for its Animals and Science modules. It incorporates two read-aloud e-books connected with each article, allowing students to delve deeper into research projects or their own interests with optional additional reading. Read more>>

People Watch

After almost 40 years in education, Superintendent Randy Nelson is retiring from the Wisconsin district. Nelson came to La Crosse in 2008 to serve as the associate superintendent of instruction. He became superintendent in 2011. Read more>>

Santa Barbara USD's Superintendent Cary Matsuoka announced that he will retire at the end of this school year. He took the position of district superintendent in 2016. Read more>>