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Lenny Schad
While the number of cyber incidents is on the rise, there is still a portion of school leadership who believe they are somehow less of a target and therefore don’t have to spend as much time and resources on cybersecurity as the “big” districts. That is not true. Read more>>

Cody Walker, DA guest columnist
Using tech to identify potential threats or safety concerns early is a key component of the school safety plan at West Rusk County Consolidated ISD in Texas, says Technology Director Cody Walker, a DA guest columnist. Read more>>


Connecting with new and old friends is one of the most crucial aspects of a conference. At FETC, you'll have plenty of opportunities to grow your PLN. Take a look at the full schedule today to get started. Read more>>

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Los Angeles Times
Funded by the Los Angeles County's departments of public health and mental health and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, a new initiative will launch 50 sexual healthcare clinics and well-being centers in schools throughout the county in the next year. Read more>>

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis and three groups representing educators and civil rights advocates announced the Fund Our Schools campaign. It also calls on lawmakers to lift a funding cap for counselors, psychologists and other support workers. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Colorado
School ratings show that slightly fewer schools this year earned one of the two lowest ratings. Despite pushback from districts and teachers unions, the State Board of Education approved more rigorous ratings earlier this year that will start to be applied to schools in 2021. Read more>>

A coalition of 19 privacy and children’s advocacy groups called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to maintain privacy protections for all viewers of content aimed at young people, pushing back on an exception sought by YouTube. Read more>>

Portland Press Herald
The Maine Department of Education is working to resolve an error in standardized test score data sent to schools that contains graphics that incorrectly show how students performed compared with their peers. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Conversation
School resource officers aren’t arrested often; but when school resource officers run afoul of the law, more often than not the reason is sexual misconduct with students, research shows. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
Charter schools modestly accelerate the learning of students from poor and working-class families, relative to their peers who attend traditional campuses. But these small, selective campuses also worsen inequality. In short, charter schools offer a promising reform, while brandishing a double-edged sword. Read more>>

Industry News

Next College Student Athlete
Next College Student Athlete is partnering with Chicago Public Schools to offer recruiting education and guidance to high school coaches, student athletes and parents across the Illinois school district. Read more>>

Minneapolis Public Schools is integrating the Here Comes The Bus app to provide real-time school bus tracking through push notifications and email alerts to help families monitor bus arrival times for nearly 400 daily bus routes. Read more>>

People Watch

Poughkeepsie Journal
Paul Fanuele has been named as the new superintendent of the Spackenkill Union Free School District. He will replace Superintendent Mark Villanti, who is retiring. Fanuele is currently the Arlington High School's executive principal. Read more>>

Suburban Life Media
Andrew S. Wise, currently the superintendent of the Olympia CUSD 16, has been chosen as the new superintendent of Center Cass School District 66 in Illinois. Read more>>