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New Mexico switches to new licensing test for teachers

Jan. 22, 2020 12:26 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has opted for a new teacher candidate exam system that will mean a higher price tag for those taking the test for the first time. Information from the state Public Education Department shows the change will cost teacher candidates up to $50 more for required assessments...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session in the House chambers at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

New Mexico governor seeks money for early childhood programs

Jan. 21, 2020 7:28 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged legislators to legalize recreational marijuana, underwrite tuition-free college for local residents and boost spending on early childhood education amid efforts to improve economic opportunity in a state with the highest rate of poverty in...

Judge agrees with consultant on N Carolina public education

Jan. 21, 2020 6:22 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina isn't doing enough to ensure public school students can obtain a sound basic education, a state judge said Tuesday, agreeing with the findings of an outside consultant. Superior Court Judge David Lee signed an order accepting conclusions of California-based WestEd, The...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session in the House chambers at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

New Mexico governor seeks new investments in education

Jan. 21, 2020 6:16 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday urged legislators at the outset of the state's annual legislative session to rally around new financial commitments to public education that range from an expansion of preschool slots to free college tuition for local residents. Lujan...

Schools chief: Plan to cut history classes should be history

Jan. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's public schools superintendent wants the state Board of Education not to reduce the number of social studies courses required for high school graduation. Superintendent Steve Paine said in a statement Monday that he will make the recommendation based on an...

South Carolina senators suggesting education bill changes

Jan. 21, 2020 4:46 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State senators have started suggesting changes to a massive bill meant to overhaul South Carolina education. Among the first amendments proposed Tuesday would add three teachers to the South Carolina School Board. Other proposals expected to come up for debate are changes to student...

Kemp looks to efficiency, pay raise in Georgia budget talk

Jan. 21, 2020 3:27 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor isn’t seeking another income tax cut in the upcoming budget, but he's still not talking about it. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, speaking to lawmakers Tuesday about his proposed budget, focused on efforts to cut spending without harming state services as well as...

Classes cancelled at Beaverton High following fire

Jan. 20, 2020 5:34 PM EST

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Classes at a high school in Beaverton, Oregon, will be cancelled Tuesday following a weekend fire. KOIN reports that investigators concluded on Sunday that the “failure of a small refrigerator” in one of the Beaverton High School classrooms started the fire around 10:30...

Teachers union suing district over asbestos in schools

Jan. 20, 2020 1:11 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The union representing public school teachers in Philadelphia is suing the district over its handling of asbestos contamination in schools, the union said Monday. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers suit comes after the city school district was forced to close a north Philadelphia...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jan. 20, 2020 12:51 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Barberton school district is doing the right thing Akron Beacon Journal Jan. 18 The Barberton City School District is doing the prudent thing by allowing some members of the Magics boys basketball team to engage in silent protest by...