NATIONAL: Theater teacher admits creating fake Facebook…

KENNEBUNK, Maine — A theater director at a school in Maine who acknowledged creating fake Facebook profiles to eavesdrop on parents’ discussions is out of a job. Superintendent Katie Hawes learned of Michael Herman’s actions after a parent at Kennebunk… Read full article at The Washington Post

NATIONAL: A year after ascending, DeVos hails…

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proclaimed Wednesday that her proudest accomplishments in her first year in office were shrinking the role of the agency, rolling back Obama-era initiatives and erasing outdated regulations. The secretary reflected on her tenure exactly a year… Read full article at The Washington Post

NATIONAL: New Campaign to Pressure Silicon Valley…

A new coalition of advocates and disillusioned tech-industry insiders have launched a campaign to pressure companies such as Facebook and Google to make their products "less intrusive and less addictive" for children. The "Truth About Tech" effort is being led… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: Educator Development Key to Statewide Personalized…

States integrating personalized, competency-based learning need to take the lead in preparing their teachers to implement these instructional models, argues a new issue brief from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), an online learning research and advocacy organization.… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: The New Tax Law’s Subtle Subversion…

American public schools have long been, and remain, deeply unequal. At the most dilapidated and underperforming schools, teachers are blamed for stagnant graduation rates, students are derided for low tests scores, and parents are chastised for not being involved. Too… Read full article at The Atlantic

Two charter schools pitched for Lake…

The Lake Elsinore school board is set to take up proposals for two charter schools. The Lake Elsinore Unified School District board is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at 545 Chaney St., Building B, Lake Elsinore.… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

STATE: Governor wants California school districts to…

In an effort to make it easier to see how school districts in California are spending their funds to improve education outcomes, Gov. Jerry Brown wants to require school districts to publish in their annual budgets a summary of the… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: Search firm must give L.A. Unified…

The unexpected departure of Los Angeles schools Supt. Michelle King — after less than two years on the job — has triggered a rarely used clause in the contract of an executive search firm: its warranty. The contract the school… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

STATE: These parent volunteers are bringing school…

Kids rarely stepped foot in the library at Washington Elementary in Compton. “It was dusty and damp in there, it was not very welcoming for kids at all,” Principal Diana Phillips said. “We had a lot of very old books… Read full article at LA School Report