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The Washington Post
Students in the Washington area owe nearly half a million dollars so far this school year in “lunch debt,” according to an analysis. Tens of thousands of students in the six public school districts in and around the nation’s capital are in the red, according to district officials. Read more>>

Providence Journal
Warwick’s school committee is seeking a court order declaring that the school budget approved by the city’s council is not sufficient to let the committee comply with the law, regulations and contracts. The complaint also asks the court to order the city to increase its education appropriation by $4.9 million. Read more>>

Richmond Times-Dispatch
For the first time, students taking early childhood education classes at Virginia’s community colleges can have those credits and degrees automatically transfer to four-year schools so they can get their bachelor’s degree and teaching license in four years. Read more>>

AL.com
Report cards for Alabama’s schools and districts are out, and overall, results look promising. Statewide, district-level grades have improved in comparison with the 2016-17 district grades. And school-level grades also showed marked improvement. Read more>>

Associated Press via ABC News
School districts are struggling to find school bus drivers, a challenge that has worsened with low unemployment and a strong economy. The problem has become so severe that some districts are offering sign-up bonuses for new drivers, while others rely on mechanics, custodians and other school employees to fill the gap. Read more>>

KAAL
A state audit has found more than $2 million in improper disbursements to Mason City CSD staff between 2009 and 2017. The Iowa State Auditor’s Office’s report shows 66 district employees were paid more than the authorized salary amount and several also received other monetary benefits. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

U.S. News & World Report
Despite FAFSA’s importance, one quarter of students don’t complete it. A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics provides some context for why that is, with reasons ranging from the students’ perception that they may not qualify for financial aid to the perception that the forms and application process are too burdensome to concerns about debt. Read more>>

The Washington Post
More than 4 million children endured lockdowns last school year, a Washington Post analysis found. They save lives during real attacks, but even when there is no gunman stalking the hallways, the procedures can inflict immense psychological damage on children convinced that they’re in danger. Read more>>

Industry News

ACT
ACT has acquired Knovation, Inc., a curator of K12 open educational resources. The Knovation assets included in the agreement are the Knovation Content Collection, the netTrekker application and the icurio digital curriculum application. Read more>>

Two Bit Circus Foundation/LA Makerspace/Imagination.org
LA Makerspace and Imagination.org have merged with Two Bit Circus Foundation to unify their STEAM education efforts. Two Bit Circus Foundation currently operates in nearly half the schools of LAUSD while LA Makerspace has makerspace STEAM labs in 167 partner library branches. Read more>>

News From DA's FETC

Jennifer Herseim
The responsibilities of the modern K12 CIO are growing. On top of maintaining infrastructure, technology leaders often roll out districtwide technology initiatives aimed at transforming teaching and learning. As the responsibilities of the position change, so too will the skills and qualities that superintendents look for in qualified candidates. Read more>>