The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last February haunts all of us. But for those who lost loved ones, their grief has been made worse by what they say are the missteps, inaction, and lack of empathy from the Broward County Public Schools and its leader. Today, Education Week is publishing stories that look closely at the rift between the Parkland community and the school district:

Why Parkland Families Are Seething

Victims' families accuse Superintendent Robert Runcie and Broward schools of failing to act on warning signs about the shooter and protecting the district over getting to the bottom of what went wrong, while also showing a distressing lack of compassion. (December 12, 2018)

Rollout of ESSA Report Cards Frustrates School Leaders

Tensions flare between state policymakers, K-12 practitioners, and parents over how to best define and report school success under redesigned accountability systems. (December 13, 2018)

Teachers Came Together to Strike. What Will Happen Next?

(December 11, 2018)

Ed. Dept. Morale Plummets Under Betsy DeVos, Report Finds

(December 12, 2018)

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A Spec. Ed. Student Speaks: I Navigate 'Parallel Universes'

Jack Bradley spends half his school day in a resource room and the other half in AP classes. He says the system often fumbles in dealing with "twice exceptional" students like him. (December 11, 2018)

Want to Personalize Learning? Computers Aren't the Answer

(December 13, 2018)

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What It Takes to Make a 4-Day School Week Work

Funding shouldn't have the last word on how you run your school, write Oklahoma K-12 leaders Nathan Gray and Jon Myers. (December 10, 2018)

How to Be a Human Being First and a Principal Second

Leadership is a test. One very busy principal explains how he learned to pass. (December 7, 2018)

How to Find Authentic Books About Asia, From Asia

It can be difficult to find translated books, writes David Jacobson. Here are tips and resources to help. (November 20, 2018)

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What Schools Can Do to Help Prevent Suicides

How can schools work to prevent suicides? Here are some tips from those on the front lines—principal, social worker, teacher, suicide prevention expert, and a teen who needed help.
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Digital Directions

Staff Email Addresses Removed From District Websites to Improve Cybersecurity

Some district technology leaders say having staff email addresses publicly available opens the door for phishing scams and potential hacks. (December 5, 2018)

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What It Takes to Make Co-Teaching Work

When a special education teacher and a regular classroom teacher are teamed in the classroom, they can multiply each other’s strengths. (December 4, 2018)

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Market Brief

Digital Tools Are Everywhere—and Largely Unused—in Many Schools, New Analysis Shows

The vast majority of ed-tech licenses are not used ”intensively” by districts, according to a new analysis sponsored by the company Brightbytes. This story is from EdWeek Market Brief, a service offering business and school leaders actionable insights about the K-12 marketplace. (December 7, 2018)

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