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Matt Zalaznick
While nonprofits provide assistance to low-income districts, school teams work to recruit girls and students of color, and educators teach inclusivity. Read more>>

Tim Goral
In this Q&A, Brian Creasman, superintendent of Fleming County Schools in Kentucky, discusses how connections and collaboration are the keys to leadership success. Read more>>

FETC 2020 will feature The Computer Science "Firehose," a special event for educators exploring successful strategies and trends in computer science education via an unrestricted flow of presentations and data out of one huge nozzle. Read more>>

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The Philadelphia Inquirer
The bills would mean districts would no longer be required, in certain circumstances, to stop serving meals to students with overdue accounts. They would also prohibit districts from reporting delinquent parents to collection or child protective agencies. Read more>>

Baltimore City Public Schools could have a projected budget gap of about $60 million as it looks ahead to planning next year's budget, CEO Sonja Santelises said. Read more>>

After a student made gun threats against two schools in Washington County, the state Attorney General is advocating for stiffer penalties for students who are convicted of making a threat. Read more>>

The CT Mirror
A suit seeking to challenge one of Connecticut's levers to promote racial diversity in schools will meet its first legal challenge. The lawsuit claims that minority students are prevented from attending certain schools when racial balance has not been met. Read more>>

The Washington Post
A new state law has upended Gov. Larry Hogan's 2016 executive order, returning school start date decision-making power to local officials. The idea of opening in August is back with school systems considering start dates even two weeks before Labor Day. Read more>>

Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Senators met this week to continue to discuss South Carolina's more than 40-year-old formula for distributing education money. A different Senate subcommittee considered a proposal to let parents and guardians get several thousand of dollars for private schools. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

American 15-year-olds performed better in reading and science than most students around the world, but lagged behind in math, according to the latest results of an oft-cited PISA international exam. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
Far too often, talented math students at schools in low-income communities barely have access to grade-level work, let alone advanced curricula. Strategies that can be used to encourage students to go beyond what their schools offer include involving parents, partnering with outside organizations, leveraging online programs and more. Read more>>

Industry News

Hoonuit has acquired Tembo, Inc., a public assessment and accountability reporting company. The acquisition will spearhead Hoonuit's new Community Engagement solution aimed at helping education agencies with public-facing dashboards. Read more>>

EVERWhite now offers a wide variety of calendar whiteboards, coaching whiteboards and EZGrid ghost boards—all with graphics printed below a dry erase surface that is guaranteed not to stain. Read more>>

People Watch

Johnny Berry will leave his post as principal at Decatur High School to become the superintendent of the Arab school district in Alabama. Read more>>

Maryland state school Superintendent Karen Salmon informed the state Board of Education that she would not seek another term. June 30, 2020, will be the end of her four-year contract as state school superintendent. Read more>>