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Steven Blackburn
A federal lawsuit blames the lack of quality education at Detroit Public Schools on the state of Michigan, which has controlled the district for nearly two decades. Read more>>

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Lorrie Owens, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker
Transformational leadership means much more than making simple tweaks to the way you've always done things, says DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Lorrie Owens. It also means changing how stakeholders think and feel about doing those things. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
Having elementary school students write letters to Santa may meet school guidelines, but that doesn’t mean teachers should ask children to do it as a classroom assignment. Read more>>

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Chalkbeat Indiana
A group tasked with improving Indiana’s system for settling special education disputes identified few solutions for the $10,000-plus price tags for schools and families. They recommended lawmakers to invest more money into existing disability advocacy groups and curate resources for families. Read more>>

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Star Tribune
Nearly one in eight school buses operated by First Student failed to meet state safety standards this year. First Student’s failure rate of 12 percent exceeded the statewide average of 9 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's inspection data. Read more>>

Fox Baltimore
A Project Baltimore investigation has found Baltimore County Public Schools appear to be getting more dangerous. Some say a shift in juvenile justice has shifted the problem to public schools, which are not equipped to handle it. Read more>>

Chalkbeat New York
A 306-seat, $42.4 million public pre-K center is expected to open in Queens by the fall of 2021. The new center promises to offer 4-year-olds a STEAM curriculum that will be run in partnership with the New York Hall of Science. Read more>>

A growing chorus of home school parents are calling on West Virginia lawmakers to give their children access to school sports and band. Legislation introduced each year has requirements to prevent abuse of the system, including a provision that students are in home school one year prior to joining the team. Read more>>

The Virginia district's school board passed a resolution saying it supports teachers to advocate for public education and school students that do not violate confidentiality laws and interfere with their work responsibilities. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Hechinger Report
When students develop a "limitless perspective," positive changes go through their lives; when they get the opposite message—you’re smart, or you’re not smart—they constantly evaluate themselves against these fixed ideas. Read more>>

More than one in four high school students and one in 10 middle schoolers are vaping, according to a survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A separate analysis confirms concerns about the appeal of sweet-tasting flavors such as mango, mint and fruit flavors. Read more>>

Industry News

Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is expanding its Solar for Students program in Virginia and launching the initiative in North Carolina and South Carolina. The program is a hands-on learning experience to generate electricity from a solar array installed on grounds accessible to students. Read more>>

National Dropout Prevention Center
The National Dropout Prevention Center has released five online courses and a series of Trauma-Skilled Schools Institutes to help educators better meet the needs of trauma-impacted students and to meet state and local training needs. Read more>>