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3rd family sues DC charter school over child sex abuse

Aug. 20, 2019 5:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A third family has sued a Washington, D.C., charter school over a teacher convicted of sexually assaulting six of his students. The Washington Post reports the $30 million federal lawsuit against Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School accuses school workers of not...

School leader criticized over campus security after massacre

Aug. 15, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Members of the commission investigating last year's Florida high school massacre ripped into the district's superintendent Thursday, saying he's not doing enough to assure campus security, particularly at charter schools. Members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public...

Oklahoma latest to grapple with online school problems

Aug. 12, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When two tech-savvy Oklahoma men launched their vision for an innovative charter school in 2011 that students could attend from home, the timing was perfect. Republicans had just extended their majorities in the Legislature, taken control of every elected statewide office and installed...

Wealthy San Francisco suburb agrees to desegregate school

Aug. 9, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A school district in one of California's wealthiest and politically liberal counties has agreed to desegregate a flailing school that state officials found had been intentionally created for low-income minority children and then starved of resources. California Attorney General Xavier...

Probe: Oklahoma virtual charter founders embezzled millions

Jul. 17, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The founders of Oklahoma's largest virtual charter school embezzled millions of dollars in state funds through an illegal scheme that involved the use of "ghost students" to artificially inflate enrollment numbers, investigators allege. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent...

Powerful Koch network taking on school choice with new group

Jul. 11, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch's powerful network that's known for influencing state policy is now targeting education issues like school choice as the movement battles a new wave of hostility from Democrats who oppose charter schools and private school vouchers that use taxpayer...

WV teachers union says it will sue over charter school bill

Jul. 10, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sweeping West Virginia GOP education bill that allows the creation of charter schools violates the state Constitution, according to a teachers union that plans to sue over the legislation. The West Virginia Education Association released a statement Wednesday saying it has sent a...

Today's assignment for classroom design: flexibility

Jul. 9, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

Desks lined up in precise rows with teacher firmly planted at the front: That was the standard classroom format for much of the last century. But with many educators saying kids can do better in a more relaxed and flexible learning environment, designers and architects have been providing spaces and furnishings...

Biden, Harris join Warren to promise teacher as ed secretary

Jul. 5, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Echoing one of their top Democratic presidential rivals, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris promised Friday to nominate an educator as secretary of education if either wins the nomination and defeats President Donald Trump. "We don't treat you with dignity," Biden, the former vice president, told...

Charter renewed for Colorado school where shooting happened

Jun. 29, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado school that was the site of a fatal shooting received a conditional five-year renewal of its charter on Saturday that requires it to meet certain reporting, staffing and safety requirements, such as the hiring of additional security personnel. The contract approved...