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Report: NC still short offering all "sound basic education"

Dec. 10, 2019 9:02 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has made little progress providing every child “an opportunity to receive a sound basic education"since the state Supreme Court declared the constitutional mandate in 1997, according to a report released Tuesday addressing public education shortfalls and student...

Lt. Gov. Forest provides teacher pay counterpoint in letter

Dec. 10, 2019 7:35 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has offered a counterpoint to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's recent written explanation to North Carolina public school teachers as to why sizable pay raises haven't happened this year. Forest, a Republican seeking to unseat Cooper in 2020, sent by email a letter to...

Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day one

Dec. 10, 2019 6:10 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Delivering on a campaign promise to teachers who helped elect him, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear used his first day in office Tuesday to overhaul the state school board. In his inaugural address outside the state Capitol, the new Democratic governor proclaimed his support for public...

SC governor wants to give all teachers a $3,000 raise

Dec. 10, 2019 6:01 PM EST

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Tuesday that he wants to give a $3,000 raise for all the state's nearly 53,000 teachers in next year's budget as part of a promise by Republican lawmakers to get paychecks above the national average by 2024. The latest raise proposal would cost...

Kansas board urges schools to ban vaping, even for visitors

Dec. 10, 2019 5:31 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Board of Education is encouraging the state's local public school districts to prohibit vaping and to include staff and any visitors at school activities in the ban along with students. The Kansas City Star reports that the board unanimously approved a policy Tuesday...

Michigan Legislature OKs restoring over half of vetoed funds

Dec. 10, 2019 5:07 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to restore more than half of the state funding that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed, largely resolving a protracted budget process that broke down over fixing aging roads and morphed into a fight about...

Illinois principal charged with sexual assault in Wisconsin

Dec. 10, 2019 3:45 PM EST

ZION, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois elementary school principal has been charged with sexually assaulting a Wisconsin student a decade ago while she was a student at a high school where he worked as a dean. According to the Lake County News-Sun, Curtiss Tolefree Jr., the principal at Beulah Park...

Mississippi school district sues maker of e-cigarettes

Dec. 10, 2019 1:40 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A school district in Mississippi is suing the largest e-cigarette maker in the U.S., saying that Juul Labs is deceptively marketing its products to teenagers and causing young people to become addicted. The Jefferson County School District filed the lawsuit Dec. 5 in federal court in...

Commissioner outlines changes coming for Providence schools

Dec. 10, 2019 11:52 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's education commissioner plans to release a budget analysis for Providence schools, hire a superintendent and select a new curriculum by the end of the year. Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green assumed control of the struggling school district Nov. 1. She told The...

Ohio city launches police academy for 1st time in 12 years

Dec. 10, 2019 10:37 AM EST

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio city has begun its first police academy in a dozen years since budget cuts canceled the program. The Akron Police Department has 40 men and five women in the academy out of more than 1,000 applicants. Training will last 24 weeks. One in five recruits is black, making it one of...