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Baltimore teachers call for donated fans, district resists

Aug. 14, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's teacher union is calling for fans to be donated as classrooms are expected to reach sweltering temperatures when students return next month, but the district says electrical infrastructure may not be equipped to handle it. About a third of public school buildings in the city...

Nation-wide education protests in Brazil against budget cuts

Aug. 13, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of students and teachers have protested federal cuts in education spending in gatherings across Brazil. Union leaders called for a strike Tuesday in the education sector, denouncing funding cuts from elementary schools to higher public education and plans to open federal...

AP: Public unions see only modest decline after court ruling

Jul. 12, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court might end mandatory union fees for public employees, some labor-friendly states enacted laws last year to protect membership rolls while unions redoubled their recruitment efforts. Those steps appear to have paid off, at least initially....

Teachers union sues DeVos over embattled loan relief program

Jul. 11, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

One of the nation's largest teachers' unions sued the U.S. Education Department on Thursday over a federal program that promises to forgive student loans for public workers but has been beset by problems. The American Federation of Teachers filed a federal lawsuit in Washington alleging that the department has...

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...

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...

Review finds severe dysfunction at Providence public schools

Jun. 26, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The findings of an independent review of the Providence public school system are devastating and shed a light on what's clearly a broken system, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday. The scathing 93-page report by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy released...

West Virginia Senate passes GOP charter school bill

Jun. 24, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate passed a sweeping GOP education bill Monday that would allow the state's first charter schools, a move that has drawn heavy protests from teachers. Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled chamber approved the bill 18-16. It now moves to the office of Gov....