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Matt Zalaznick
Texas appears likely to approve an African American studies course while California struggles to revise its heavily criticized draft curriculum. Read more>>

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One in five students has a learning difference such as dyslexia. Here’s an at-a-glance guide to help you identify the students who have learning challenges as well as things you can do to support them in the classroom. Read more>>

Emily Ann Brown
Librarians still check out books, but they also offer advice on instruction in a range of hands-on activities, including makerspaces, robotics and paper therapy. Read more>>

Jonathan P. Raymond, DA guest columnist
Academic achievement is deeply tied to creativity and curiosity, physical and emotional well-being, connection to the world, and caring and committed relationships with adults. While ‘whole child’ education is an innovative approach in today’s mainstream classroom, it’s actually a time-honored philosophy, says DA guest columnist Jonathan P. Raymond. Read more>>

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The 74
Los Angeles, once woefully behind on school stability, has emerged as one of the proactive local jurisdictions in the country on the “school of origin” issue for children in foster care due to a $14 million investment and a kid-friendly ride-sharing service. Read more>>

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This case study explores how a district saves money by eliminating waste, fixing facility problems and building effectiveness. A Q&A covers how to consume resources to benefit students more. Read more>>

Portland Press Herald
Maine’s highest court will now decide whether the seasonal community of Frye Island can withdraw from its local school district and take $1.5 million in annual funding with it. Read more>>

St. George News
Starting in 2021, the Regents’ and New Century Scholarships may no longer be available to Utah high school students as the State Board of Regents works to dissolve the two scholarships and redistribute the $20 million in state funds to support needs-based programs. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Colorado
Colorado’s education department will spend up to $5.2 million over six years on a consultant charged with determining why the state’s 2012 landmark reading law failed to produce significant gains for struggling readers in kindergarten to third grade. Read more>>

The Washington Post
Elected officials in in Montgomery County adopted an academic calendar for next school year that gives students a day off on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a move that followed the resolution of a possible conflict with Advanced Placement testing. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

U.S. News & World Report
Teacher preparation programs have experienced sharp enrollment declines over the last eight years in nearly every state across the country, a new analysis shows. In nine states, enrollment nose-dived by more than half. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
With more researchers and educators of color involved in its development, AI can help better serve marginalized populations through more culturally competent writing instruction. Platforms can help coach students for self-regulated writing strategies, and help teachers explicitly teach them. Read more>>

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Sugar Creative/Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises has commissioned Sugar Creative to produce a series of augmented reality apps to enhance the way children learn to read. The first app, based on Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!, will launch in spring 2020 on phones and tablets. Read more>>

Knowledge Matters
Virtual Business - Entrepreneurship, Knowledge Matters' ninth high school business simulation, teaches high school students the key concepts of entrepreneurship via interactive, cloud-based simulations. Read more>>

Construction Watch

Orange County Register
The California district is asking to raise $198 million to replace equipment, repair roofs, put STEM labs in schools, build gyms and replace portable classrooms. Read more>>

Deseret News
The cost of the next Utah high schools built along the Wasatch Front could exceed $145 million, an increase of nearly 50 percent in recent years in an "era of intense construction inflation." Read more>>