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House and Senate leaders reach deal on South Carolina budget

Jun. 18, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers have agreed to a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the state's more than $10 billion budget. Members of a conference committee voted Thursday to approve the $10.7 billion spending plan for the upcoming...

Indiana unions sue over yearly hurdle on teacher union dues

Jun. 17, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three Indiana teachers unions have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block a new state law that would require educators to renew requests every year for automatic paycheck deductions of union dues. Unions representing teachers with the Anderson,...

SC House budget: Raises for public workers; no vaccine lotto

Jun. 09, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House on Wednesday put its final touches on the state's nearly $11 billion budget, spending more money than anticipated after the economic problems from the COVID-19 pandemic weren't as bad as feared. The spending plan for the...

$3.9B Louisiana school funding formula with raises approved

Jun. 08, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $3.9 billion financing formula to pay for K-12 public schools and give those schools' workers a pay raise in the upcoming year received final legislative passage Tuesday with a unanimous vote from the House. Teachers, principals and other...

Another COVID side effect: Many kids head to summer school

Jun. 07, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

With her three teenagers vaccinated against COVID-19, Aja Purnell-Mitchell left it up to them to decide whether to go back to school during summer break. The decision was unanimous: summer school. "Getting them back into it, helping them socialize...

Analysis: Watchdog group examines Mississippi school funding

Jun. 06, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi policymakers have known for decades that the state drags behind most others in public education spending. A new report by a legislative watchdog group bears that out, with research showing that Mississippi spends less per pupil than...

AG: Woman misused funds raised in Philando Castile's name

Jun. 03, 2021 22:33 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul professor who led a viral crowdfunding campaign to pay off student lunch debts in Philando Castile’s name spent less than half of the $200,000 she raised on the intended purpose, Minnesota’s attorney general said Thursday. ...

3% state employee raise; no vaccine lottery yet in SC budget

Jun. 02, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The state spending plan heading to the South Carolina House floor next week offers state employees a 3% raise and teachers a $1,000 bump in pay. The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved a nearly $11 billion state budget for the...

Analysis: Lawmakers load Louisiana budget with pet projects

May. 30, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With a surprising post-pandemic surge in tax collections, Louisiana lawmakers packed the state's budget with tens of millions of dollars in pet projects decided by legislative leaders in closed-door negotiations. The budget sent to Gov. John Bel...

Nebraska lawmakers override vetoes of SNAP, pension bills

May. 26, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers expanded Nebraska's food stamp and heating assistance programs and ordered the state to take over the management of Omaha Public Schools' troubled pension system on Wednesday, brushing aside the objections of Gov. Pete Ricketts. ...