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Shawna De La Rosa
Tacoma Public Schools CIO Ed Grassia's data recovery plan covers not just hackers, but also earthquakes, floods, fires or the potential volcanic eruption of nearby Mount Rainier. Read more>>

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Emily Ann Brown
By promoting data dashboards and state report cards, districts can share information about key indicators, such as graduation rates and postsecondary readiness, with students and their families. Read more>>

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Cranston Patch
The state Department of Education officially took over Providence Public Schools on Friday. At this time, the day-to-day operations are being overseen by Frances Gallo, who stepped into the interim superintendent role in August. Read more>>

Florida Politics
The Duval County Legislative Delegation voted to advance a bill that would give the Florida county's voters a choice in 2020 on whether they want an elected superintendent. If passed, it would set up a potential 2022 election to select a replacement for a position appointed for decades. Read more>>

Chicago Tribune
After some of the highest performing suburban schools failed to earn top ratings on Illinois’ recently released annual school report cards, some local educators say the state’s increased emphasis on student growth has led to inadvertently unfair designations. Read more>>

Tampa Bay Times
Florida’s enrollment overall has seen increases in recent years, and its 14 total districts in the Top 100 account for more than 2 million students. The Sunshine State still pales in comparison to Texas, though, which has 21 districts on the largest school district list. Read more>>

WWMT
Thirty-nine states, including Michigan, require public schools to conduct general safety drills. But there is no mandate to include intruder or active-shooter education into those drills. Right now, the state of Michigan doesn’t track which districts provide such training. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Hechinger Report
The poor quality of student writing is a common lament among college professors. But how are elementary, middle and high school teachers supposed to teach it better? Unfortunately, this is an area where education research doesn’t offer educators clear advice. Read more>>

KQED
Sketchnoting, or doodling for learning, can be a bridge between early elementary, when students necessarily think visually because they are still learning to read, and middle school, where suddenly all visual thinking seems to stop. Read more>>

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STEMscopes
Accelerate Learning has enhanced the STEMscopes digital STEM curriculum with new online curriculum materials created by the New York Hall of Science. The two organizations previously partnered to develop STEMscopes DIVE-in Engineering. Read more>>

Edmentum/FEV Tutor
Tutoring provided by FEV Tutor will be made available through Edmentum’s EdOptions Academy, a fully accredited virtual learning program, to provide customized additional support in the virtual learning environment. Read more>>

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Arizona Daily Star
The Arizona district has launched a national search for its next leader after Doug Wilson announced his retirement at the end of the school year. He has been serving the Marana USD as superintendent for 11 years. Read more>>

QNS
New York City School District 28's superintendent, Mabel Muñiz-Sarduy, is beginning a new role as Queens North's executive superintendent. She takes over from Larry Pendergast, who transitioned to oversee teaching and learning for New York City's school system. Read more>>