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Trump seeks federal government overhaul, merger of agencies

Jun. 21, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking aim at the sprawling federal bureaucracy, President Donald Trump's administration released a detailed proposal Thursday to reorganize a number of federal agencies and merge the Education and Labor departments. The latest in a long string of attempts to rein in the government, the...

Ex-teacher who made anti-gay comments settles lawsuit

Jun. 20, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

UNION, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey high school teacher who resigned after posting anti-gay comments on her Facebook page has settled a discrimination lawsuit against the school district. The Union Township school district recently agreed to pay Jenye "Viki" Knox $132,500 to settle the claims. Knox sued...

Kansas court upholds law ending teachers' guaranteed tenure

Jun. 15, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas law that stripped public school teachers of guaranteed tenure doesn't violate the state or federal constitution because legislators had the power to modify or end the policy, the state Supreme Court declared Friday. The court ruled against two veteran teachers who sued their...

Yelp shuts down teachers' account sharing student reviews

Jun. 15, 2018 3:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Yelp is shutting down accounts used by a Boston teacher to post rave restaurant reviews written by her third-grade students. The reviews were part of an assignment designed to teach students at the Boston Teachers Union School about opinion writing. They described some restaurants glowingly...

Charter schools regroup after big California election loss

Jun. 10, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

Charter school supporters are deciding where to direct their considerable resources after pouring money into the California governor primary to support a longtime ally who failed to move on to November's election. The fallout may signal future uncertainty for the school choice movement in a state with some of the...

Governor: Guns should be removed from troubled kids' homes

Jun. 5, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Teachers and school administrators would be able to ask a judge to remove guns from the homes of troubled students under a first-of-its-kind proposal announced Tuesday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Democratic governor acknowledged his proposal will run into political opposition...

In key governor's races, Democrats split on education

Jun. 3, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A subterranean divide among Democrats between backers of teachers unions and those of charter schools and other education innovations is helping shape key gubernatorial primaries, even as red-meat issues like guns, inequality and President Donald Trump have dominated the races. In California,...

Health care, immigration dominate California governor race

Jun. 2, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — No topic has dominated California's governor race like President Donald Trump. The Republicans want to be like him; the Democrats want to oppose him. But whoever wins will face a long list of challenges from housing and homelessness to health care. Here's a look at some of the...

Teacher's win in Kentucky points to November potential

May. 23, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Teachers across the country have left their classrooms this spring to protest at state capitols, closing schools to win pay raises and better funding in mostly Republican-controlled states. But their most disruptive act yet may well have come Tuesday night in Kentucky, where a high...

Teachers channel momentum from strikes into midterm races

May. 17, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — As they packed up their protest signs and returned to the classroom to finish out the school year, thousands of teachers in North Carolina turned their attention to a different fight: the midterm elections. Their counterparts in Arizona, Oklahoma and West Virginia are already waging a...