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Eugene Butler Jr., DA guest columnist

Education professionals at all levels must be part of the solution to create a high level of academic excellence, says guest columnist and longtime educator Eugene Butler Jr., a retired assistant superintendent of Tucson USD in Arizona. Read more>>

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The Runtz Ball Chair by Learn by Safco now has more size options. Simply use the legs and feet or only the feet only to create two sizes to help fit more students across all learning environments. These ball chairs are great alternative seating options to keep students active throughout the school day. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to spend $600 million to raise the minimum new teacher salary to $47,500 from $37,636. Florida currently ranks 26th for starting teacher pay; the increase would place the state second. Read more>>

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For many school and district leaders, scheduling is a source of frustration, posing a barrier to implementation of instructional priorities that drive achievement. However, a strategic approach can make it possible to transform your secondary schedule from an obstacle to a powerful tool for boosting student learning. Read more>>

Emily Ann Brown

The continued struggles of some school systems to transport special needs students safely and comfortably have convinced a growing number of district leaders that generalized behavior management procedures often fall short. Read more>>

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David Epstein explains that, in most fields, it's generalists—not specialists—who are primed to excel. “Range will force you to rethink the nature of learning, thinking and being, and reconsider what you thought you knew about optimal education and career paths," says Maria Konnikova, author of The Confidence Game. Read more>>

Tim Goral

When it comes to balancing school budgets, the arts—and particularly music—often suffer most from spending cuts. Limited grants and community-based efforts have helped to rebuild programs over the years, although the battle has often been one-step-forward, two-steps-back. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick

Dress codes in Washington, D.C., public schools continue to disproportionately impact black girls, according one report. Elsewhere, districts are removing references to gender in dress codes and allowing students more leeway over what they wear to class. Read more>>

Also Noteworthy

NPR

Most parents rarely, if ever, discuss race/ethnicity, gender, class or other social identity categories with their kids, according to a new survey. The fact that so many families aren’t talking about these issues is a problem because children notice differences at a young age—and they’re asking questions. Read more>>

The New York Times

With New York divided over gifted education, parents point to TAG Young Scholars as proof that selective schools can be integrated. The school is an ultra-selective gifted and talented school that is more than a third black and Hispanic, thanks in part to an admissions policy that explicitly encourages diversity. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report

Fusing academic and social development can create a rich kindergarten classroom. Before students can learn to read, they need to develop self-control and persistence. Before they can solve complex mathematical problems, they need to develop confidence and self-regulation. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Tennessee

Elementary school students from higher-income families are far more likely to land in gifted programs than their lower-income classmates, even if those students go to the same school and show similar levels of achievement, says a new study. And the gap swells to almost seven times more likely when examining all students. Read more>>

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