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Alternative high schools help students resolve academic and attendance issues. Yet there’s been a sea change in the way educators approach these goals. Read more>>

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The Hill
Sen. Kamala Harris introduced the Family Friendly Schools Act to create a pilot program to give schools funds to stay open during the entire workday throughout the school year, as well as to invest over $1 billion to boost summer learning programs. Read more>>

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Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles school board rejected a proposal to give Yelp-like ratings to its schools, but agreed to make data on how students perform year to year on standardized tests more easily available. Read more>>

The Texas Tribune
Houston ISD officials still have a slim chance at averting the takeover and have two weeks to request a formal review challenging it, according to a Texas Education Agency spokesperson. Read more>>

Portland Press Herald
Civil liberties groups, religious organizations and public school groups have filed friend-of-the-court briefs that support a decades-old state law that bars tuition reimbursement for attending religious schools. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Tennessee
The average ACT score went down slightly with Tennessee’s Class of 2019. Public school students finished with an overall average of 20 on a scale of 36, down from 20.2 last year and mirroring a national slump on ACT results. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Colorado
Poudre School District will increase salaries for first-year teachers by around $4,000. Greeley-Evans District 6 and Pueblo District 60 will renovate and rebuild schools. These are among the projects that will be funded by new property taxes approved by voters in 14 Colorado school districts. Read more>>

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The 74
America’s schools are due for a major overhaul after decades of inadequate funding. Infrastructure needs are so intense, particularly in rural and urban areas without strong local tax bases, that advocates describe the situation as a national crisis. Read more>>

The New York Times
The city’s schools, stretched even before the lead crisis, are struggling with demands for individualized education programs and behavioral interventions for children with high lead exposure. Read more>>

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PBLWorks has launched PBL School Leader Networks with two-year training programs that bring principals and school leaders together to support project-based learning implementations. The programs include workshops, online coaching, school site visits and a peer network. Read more>>

Follett Corporation
Follett is launching Follett Book eFairs to offer the classroom book ordering process so teachers can create an online book order, make custom recommendations for students and easily communicate with parents. Read more>>

People Watch

The Arizona district's board of supervisors has selected Tommy Lewis as superintendent. He will replace Risha VanderWey, who is now serving as the Tuba City School District's superintendent. Lewis has served as superintendent for the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education since 2015. Read more>>

The Byron Center Public Schools' board of education hired Kevin Macina as the next superintendent. The assistant superintendent since 2013, Macina will replace retiring Superintendent Dan Takens. Takens has headed up the Byron Center district since 2008. Read more>>