Latest Education policy News

Kentuckians set up Bevin vs. Beshear gubernatorial showdown

May. 21, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin cleared his first hurdle toward a second term but had to fend off a strong primary challenge Tuesday, setting up a long-anticipated showdown with his arch-nemesis — Democrat Andy Beshear — that will settle the feud they've fought in...

Polarizing but enduring Cabinet member: Education head DeVos

May. 6, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

When President Donald Trump visits a school, it's usually for a campaign rally, not a classroom tour. At his latest State of the Union address, he mentioned education just once. On Twitter, he has used the word "education" six times while in office, compared with 500 uses of the word "border." Education, it's...

2 state teachers of the year skip White House ceremony

Apr. 30, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two state teachers of the year have skipped a White House ceremony to protest the Trump administration's education policies. News outlets report that award-winning teachers Jessica Dueñas of Kentucky and Kelly Holstine of Minnesota decided not the attend Monday's ceremony in...

Trump encourages Tennessee to pass school voucher plan

Apr. 24, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposed school voucher bill in Tennessee has caught the attention and support of President Donald Trump. Trump tweeted Wednesday that Tennessee was close to "passing school choice" and all children "deserve a shot at achieving the American Dream!" The tweet comes as Republican...

The Latest: Attorney says Kansas school aid plan inadequate

Apr. 4, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the public school funding debate in Kansas (all times local): 7:10 p.m. An attorney representing four school districts suing Kansas says an education funding plan approved by lawmakers isn't adequate. Attorney John Robb predicted Thursday that the Kansas Supreme Court will...

Tennessee school choice plan likely to be amended in Senate

Apr. 4, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A key Tennessee Republican says Gov. Bill Lee's proposed school choice initiative will likely face substantial changes now that the current version seeks to prohibit schoolchildren living in the country illegally from accessing the program. Sen. Dolores Gresham, who leads the Senate...

Lee: Voucher plan to be provided only to 'legal residents'

Apr. 2, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday he's working to ensure his proposed $125 million school voucher program will be provided only to "legal residents" of Tennessee — a plan that some critics say could be illegal. Lee discussed his high-profile school initiative with...

Official: School districts should change sick leave policy

Mar. 28, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's education commissioner says school superintendents who had to cancel classes while teachers protested at the state Capitol should close loopholes in sick leave policies. News outlets report Commissioner Wayne Lewis sent a memo to 10 school superintendents recommending they...