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Text of South Carolina governor's State of the State address

Jan. 22, 2020 7:04 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The text of South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's 2020 State of the State address as prepared. ___ Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, my fellow South Carolinians: I begin tonight by recognizing those South Carolinians in...

In push for efficiency, Georgia agencies brace for cuts

Jan. 22, 2020 4:28 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Proposed budget cuts in Georgia could mean fewer state troopers on the road, fewer lawyers defending poor people and fewer probation officers. That's what state agency heads told lawmakers Wednesday as budget hearings continued. Gov. Brian Kemp has proposed overall increases to the state...

Idaho lawmakers hear divisive testimony on science standards

Jan. 22, 2020 4:25 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of Idaho lawmakers heard contentious testimony Wednesday on the state's education standards for science. The Idaho Content Standards on English language arts, math and science are heavily based on the Common Core standards used by more than 40 states to describe what students...

Judge: Teacher layoffs didn't discriminate against blacks

Jan. 22, 2020 4:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A class-action lawsuit claiming Chicago Public Schools discriminated against black educators when it announced layoffs in 2011 has been dismissed. The 2012 lawsuit by the Chicago Teachers Union was filed on behalf of 630 black educators who were among 1,470 CPS employees who were laid off....

Vermont towns vote to withdraw from merged school district

Jan. 22, 2020 12:05 PM EST

READSBORO, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont towns that merged school districts less than two years ago have voted to withdraw. Readsboro residents approved an article to leave the Southern Valley Unified Union School District in a 47 to 13 vote Monday night, the Bennington Banner reported. Halifax, the second town...

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...

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...

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...

Report: Chicago Teachers Union spent $1.5M on lobbying

Jan. 19, 2020 3:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union spent almost $1.5 million on political activity including lobbying, in the months leading up to a two-week strike in the fall, according to a published report. The money, spent between March 2018 and July 2019, was in addition to $1.2 million the union's two...