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Matt Zalaznick
School mascots that community members find offensive are being replaced. However, some school board members are choosing to stick with problematic mascots—even staking their political lives on the nicknames. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick
The key to the effectiveness of any ed tech tool, including robots for children with autism, lies in whether students transfer the skills they’ve learned from schoolwork into their daily lives. Read more>>

Trish Rubin, DA Marketing Matters columnist
Through branding’s “Rule of Three,” you can leverage positive relationships, behavior and culture in the school community, says DA Marketing Matters columnist Trish Rubin. Read more>>

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The Columbus Dispatch
The new Ohio School Safety Center within the Ohio Department of Public Safety is dedicated to detecting threats and preventing violence, bullying and other problems within the state's more than 5,400 schools. Read more>>

The News Service of Florida
As a three-year legal battle continues over the issue, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran wants the Florida High School Athletic Association to reconsider policies that prevent schools from offering a prayer over a stadium loudspeaker before school athletic events. Read more>>

Gotham Gazette
Just six months after the state Legislature approved a three-year extension of mayoral control of the New York City school system, the state Assembly is holding a hearing on whether the mayor’s stewardship has been effective. Read more>>

Louisville Courier Journal
A fourth Kentucky school district is suing Juul. Marion County Public Schools is the latest district to join a multidistrict suit in a mounting legal challenge to the largest vaping manufacturer. Read more>>

KARE
Dozens of schools in Minnesota are reporting outbreaks of the flu this week. Minnesota Department of Health officials say last week 14 schools reported outbreaks. This week they expect that number to quadruple. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Indiana
Five years into Indianapolis Public Schools' unconventional partnerships with charter operators—arrangements that have brought national attention to the city—the district appears likely to renew its first contracts amid some positive initial results. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Atlantic
Winter break controversies may seem small compared with bigger debates over school calendars. But the practical frustrations of the end-of-year school schedule are compounded by emotions. For many, winter break is family time, and not just because of the holidays contained therein. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
Though wealth gaps remain, more American kids at all income levels get music in school now than 20 years ago. In addition, more of those schools employ full-time music teachers. Read more>>

Industry News

Boxlight Corporation/Howard Technology Solutions
South Carolina’s Anderson School District One is partnering with Boxlight Corporation in outfitting hundreds of classrooms with interactive education technologies. Howard Technology Solutions will spearhead the installations. Read more>>

Lion Electric Co.
The Lion Electric Co. announced the first deliveries of its all-electric school buses funded by the California Energy Commission as part of the School Bus Replacement Program. Lion delivered five zero-emission vehicles to Twin Rivers USD. Read more>>

Construction Watch

WCHS
Only three out of 26 county school boards were approved for construction project funding in this round of the state School Building Authority's "NEEDS" grants program. The 26 boards had requested a total of $129 million, but the Authority had only $27 million to award. Read more>>

WFTS
A lawmaker is looking to add millions of dollars for safety improvements to protect kids who walk to school. The initiative would call for the construction of sidewalks, lighting, marked crosswalks, warning devices and other safety enhancements near schools. Read more>>