Latest Primary and secondary education News

COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff

Sep. 22, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One desperate California school district is sending flyers home in students' lunchboxes, telling parents it's “now hiring." Elsewhere, principals are filling in as crossing guards, teachers are being offered signing bonuses and schools are moving back to online...

NYC vaccine mandate for teachers, staff to go forward

Sep. 22, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A vaccine mandate for New York City's public school teachers and other staffers can go forward as planned next week, after a state judge on Wednesday lifted a temporary restraining order. The city had announced last month that school employees would have...

Elementary school student reading, math proficiency declines

Sep. 22, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The proficiency of New Mexico's elementary students in math and reading has dropped significantly amid the pandemic, with only 31% achieving it, according to a review of preliminary academic data made public Wednesday. The drop in math and reading...

Florida makes quarantine optional for exposed students

Sep. 22, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A day after assuming his job, Florida's newly appointed surgeon general on Wednesday signed new protocols allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school if they are asymptomatic after being exposed to someone who has tested...

District: Missouri students posted slavery petition online

Sep. 22, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Officials in a suburban Kansas City school district are investigating after a small group of students posted a petition online calling for the return of slavery. The petition came to light last week after the students at Park Hill South High School...

School district that shunned mask mandate reverses decision

Sep. 22, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

TAMAQUA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district that openly flouted a statewide mask mandate for K-12 schools has reversed course and said it will require universal masking for students and others inside school buildings. The Tamaqua Area School Board voted 6-3 on...

Fargo School Board members who favor masks won't face recall

Sep. 22, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A petition drive to recall four members of the Fargo School Board who have supported measures meant to limit the spread of COVID-19 has failed, district officials said Wednesday. Officials said that while the recall group submitted more than the...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Sep. 22, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

Frankort State Journal. September 16, 2021. Editorial: Let’s continue to be a community that chooses acceptance In case you missed it, on Tuesday we ran a story about an online business being run by a couple who moved to Kentucky from Roseville,...

Indiana school sued over treatment of LGBT student group

Sep. 22, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana school district was sued Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union after a group that supports LGBT students said it has been barred from promoting its meetings. The free speech rights of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Pendleton...

High school goes remote again, blames student misbehavior

Sep. 22, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

A Connecticut high school that recently resumed full in-person learning for the first time since the onset of the pandemic sent students home temporarily for remote learning — not because of the virus, but rather issues with misbehavior. New Britain High School, in...