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Ray Bendici
Educators are more proactively using technology to support learning for all students, and support the four C’s—collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. Read more>>

Steven Blackburn
Many districts plan to or have already extended the elementary school day to accommodate more recess. Other school systems could register free play as class time. But some students will lose school recess once they get into middle school.  Read more>>

DA Staff
An FETC featured speaker, Menning discusses her advocacy for language learners and her teacher coaching work in this Q&A. Read more>>

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Many health experts are cautious about laying blame when tragedies occur. But most specialists agree that school personnel, in contact with students for a large part of the day, can be a key resource in providing help. Read more>>

Chicago Sun-Times
Years of complaints that Chicago’s school funding formula deepens the inequity in the city’s public education system have prompted a review that could lead to changing it. Read more>>

Government’s investigation will work to determine whether the Paw Paw Public Schools "effectively caused, encouraged, accepted, tolerated, or failed to correct a racially hostile environment for Native American persons at its high school.” Read more>>

A recently released grand jury report on school safety in Florida accuses Miami-Dade County Public Schools of altering its record-keeping to show a deflated number of campus fights. The district denies the claims. Read more>>

Des Moines Register
Surveys showing much greater frustration among school teachers with disruptive students and a lack of resources for coping with them have prompted the district to form a problem-solving committee. Read more>>

Springfield News-Leader
Across the Missouri district, there has been a seismic shift in the demographic make-up of students in the past two decades. Enrollment was 90.8 percent white in 2000 — which dropped to 75.3 percent earlier this year. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Washington Post
Charter schools long enjoyed bipartisan support, but that era has ended. The NAACP has called for a moratorium on charters and President Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos has galvanized public education advocates fighting charter school expansion. Read more>>

ABC News
The FBI's definition of "active shooter" incidents obscures many school shootings—more than two dozen in 2019 alone—many of which pass under the radar, but impact the students, teachers and communities where they occur. Read more>>

Legislation that would have required all school districts to offer K-12 comprehensive sex education passed the Washington state Senate earlier this year, but failed to make it out of the House of Representatives. Read more>>

Industry News

SchoolSpire/Mentoring Minds
Mentoring Minds has acquired SchoolSpire, a K-12 software platform that integrates a district’s existing systems. The companies will join forces to provide districts with a streamlined way to incorporate the 9 Traits of Critical Thinking into curriculum and instruction. Read more>>

KulaCrate's new social crowdfunding platform creates a streamlined way for teachers to keep their classrooms fully stocked all year while making it convenient and affordable for parents and others to help. Read more>>