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Steven Blackburn
More K-12 leaders are choosing to install facial recognition in schools despite public opposition and research that casts doubt on the technology’s effectiveness. Read more>>

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Justin Aglio, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker
The Artificial Intelligence K-12 program in Pennsylvania’s Montour School District not only teaches students about AI, it also allows them to interact with robots to spark curiosity and encourage exploration, says Justin Aglio, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker. Read more>>

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The Hill
The K-12 Cybersecurity Act would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create a list of cybersecurity recommendations and resources for schools to use when increasing their cyber protections. It would also require DHS to examine the overall cyber risks schools face. Read more>>

For the seventh consecutive year, the rate of Utah students graduating from public high school has risen, according to data by the Utah State Board of Education. The state’s overall graduation rate rose by 0.4 percent between 2018 and 2019. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Colorado
A draft bill that has been three years in the making could usher in fundamental changes in Colorado school finance. It would give more weight to students’ needs and less weight to district characteristics that get preference in the existing formula. Read more>>

Houston Chronicle
Fort Bend ISD will base high schoolers’ class rankings on how they perform relative to their peers at their zoned school, even if they are in a specialty program elsewhere. The district will also submit students’ STAAR test scores based on the campus students are zoned to attend. Read more>>

Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
As Georgia reviews what public school students learn in math, the first step will almost certainly be a strong cry for change. It remains unclear how much that will influence the outcome with prominent Common Core State Standards critics on a state citizen review committee. Read more>>

CBS Miami
The officers are joining the largest school district police force in the nation, which is now up to 460. The Florida district has hired over 250 officers in the last 18 months after the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act was passed. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Washington Post
For decades, debate over school segregation in the U.S. has focused on how districts assign their students to individual schools. But it’s the lines that divide school districts from each other that have a much more profound effect in separating students by race, ethnicity and class. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
The traditional algebra-to-calculus pathway does not prepare students for most academic fields and careers, which usually require probability, data analysis and financial math. Making math learning more equitable and less traumatic entails teaching mathematics that is rigorous and relevant. Read more>>

Industry News

Unruly Studios/CESA Purchasing
Unruly Studios partnered with Wisconsin’s statewide educational purchasing agency, CESA Purchasing, to provide K-12 schools, districts and libraries with the Unruly Splats programmable devices. The STEM tools light up, make sounds and sense when they’re stomped on. Read more>>

Lincoln Public Schools, the second largest public school district in Nebraska, has partnered with Vosaic to more effectively coach its teachers with video. Read more>>