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An Issaquah School District school bus waits at an intersection near where a rally to encourage wider opening of in-person learning was being held on Feb. 24, 2021, in Issaquah, Wash.. Students in kindergarten and lower-elementary grades recently returned to school in the district under a hybrid in-person learning program, but older elementary, middle-, and high school students are still being taught remotely.
A school bus waits at an intersection near the site of a rally in February to encourage wider opening of in-person learning in the Issaquah School District in Issaquah, Wash. Transportation costs for students with special needs this year dipped because of remote learning.
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Budget & Finance Spending on Special Ed. in Some Districts Plunged This Year. Budget Cuts Could Be Next
Schools faced unprecedented challenges delivering instruction and support to students with disabilities this year—and the costs of providing those services evolved as well.
Mark Lieberman, May 4, 2021
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Teaching Profession Teacher Salaries Are Increasing. See How Your State Compares
The National Education Association warns that some of the progress in teacher pay could be jeopardized by the pandemic.
Madeline Will, April 26, 2021
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Assessment Biden Administration's Level of Tolerance for Cutting Standardized Tests Comes Into Focus
A distinction has grown between states having to make tests available, and districts deciding it's not practical to make students take them.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 23, 2021
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Student Well-Being 'I Miss the Interaction': The Pandemic Has Thrown Curveballs at School Counselors
This school year of remote learning has challenged school counselors when it comes to connecting with parents and bonding with students.
Alyson Klein, March 31, 2021
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Dave Peters, Director of Student Services for Everett Public Schools, outside the district office on March 2, 2021.
Dave Peters, director of student services for Everett Public Schools in Washington, saw the value of teacher collaboration during the pandemic.
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School & District Management Lessons From the Pandemic That Can Improve Leading and Teaching
Video feedback, prioritizing student well-being, and deeper grade-band collaboration have proven promising, educators say.
Denisa R. Superville, March 16, 2021
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School & District Management One District's COVID-19 Journey: A Year of Upheaval and Unexpected Insights
The Everett, Wash., school district was among the first in the nation shuttered by the pandemic. Educators and parents share and reflect.
Denisa R. Superville, March 5, 2021
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School & District Management Video An Elementary School Principal Looks Back on the Pandemic Year
For Heather Paddock, an elementary school principal in Everett, Wash., the last year has been unlike any she’s experienced in her career. Here she talks about her last moments with students before schools shut down in March 2020, the challenges with pivoting to remote learning, and what it’s been like welcoming some students back to the building this winter, after nearly a year.
Kaylee Domzalski, March 5, 2021
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Michelle Reid, superintendent of the Northshore district in Washington
Michelle Reid, the superintendent of the Northshore district in Washington, was named National Superintendent of the Year.
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School & District Management Superintendent Who Led During COVID-19 School Shutdowns Gets Top Honors
Michelle Reid of Washington state's Northshore district, one of the very first to close schools last March, was named National Superintendent of the Year.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 18, 2021
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Amy Perusse, homeless education coordinator for Everett School District in Washington, has kept track of and coordinated services for her students across county lines during the pandemic.
Amy Perusse, homeless education coordinator for Everett School District in Washington, has kept track of and coordinated services for her students across county lines during the pandemic.
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School & District Management Leader To Learn From Ensuring Homeless Students Are Seen During a Pandemic
In Everett, Wash., Amy Perusse brought together a range of agencies to meet the needs of homeless students and their families.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 17, 2021
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Curriculum What Should Students Learn in Sex Education? In This State, Voters Will Decide
Washington voters will consider a statewide mandate for comprehensive sex education.
Evie Blad, October 23, 2020
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School Choice & Charters Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed

COVID-19 Rates Go Up Among Schoolchildren as Schools Reopen

October 7, 2020
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School & District Management How Layoffs Upend Life for Educators, Students, and Districts
Pandemic-inflicted budget cuts have cost thousands of educators their jobs. Here’s how that’s playing out in five districts around the country.
July 14, 2020
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Recruitment & Retention Coronavirus Is Pushing Teacher Hiring Online. Here's What That Means
Districts that can screen, interview, and select candidates virtually will have less disruption to their hiring, despite how coronavirus is upending every aspect of school operations.
Elizabeth Heubeck, March 30, 2020
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School & District Management Stand Down on Sales Pitches During COVID-19
Highline Public Schools chief Susan Enfield’s district is weighing how to provide print and online resources to students during the coronavirus outbreak, but she’s heard enough from companies marketing their products.
March 24, 2020
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