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Chicago high schools to reopen Monday after union approval

Apr. 18, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s public high schools were set to reopen Monday for the first time since the nation's third-largest school district went fully remote amid the coronavirus pandemic over a year ago. The Chicago Teachers Union announced Sunday that its members...

Students' struggles pushed Peru teacher to run for president

Apr. 18, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

CHUGUR, Peru (AP) — As schools across Peru closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pedro Castillo tried to find a way to keep classes going for his 20 fifth- and sixth-grade students. But in his impoverished rural community deep in the Andes, his efforts were futile. ...

Schools, teachers reach high school in-person learning deal

Apr. 15, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union and the city’s school district reached a tentative agreement Thursday that could lead to high school students returning to class for the first time in more than a year. The union’s House of Delegates was scheduled to meet...

Better Indiana outlook brings calls for bigger schools boost

Apr. 15, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana educators called Thursday for a bigger school funding boost to help improve the state’s lagging teacher pay, as new projections showed state tax collections are expected to bounce back stronger than expected from the pandemic recession. A...

Seattle teachers OK deal for older students in classroom

Apr. 15, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A decision approved by Seattle’s teachers means at least 10,000 middle- and high-school students can return to class for the first time in more than a year due to COVID-19 restrictoins. The Seattle Times reports that after months of negotiations, the...

Florida education chief: Masks should be voluntary next year

Apr. 15, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's education commissioner has asked superintendents across the state to update their policies to make facial coverings voluntary rather than mandatory for students, teachers and staff in upcoming school year. In a memo sent Wednesday,...

Governor pushes school reopening as many districts resist

Apr. 14, 2021 21:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday urged all California schools to reopen, emphasizing that there are no state or health barriers to getting children back into classrooms and ending distance learning. His frustration was evident: “Money is not an...

'Zoom in a Room'? California's schools lag in reopening push

Apr. 14, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Frustrated parents in San Francisco have coined a new phrase for their latest classroom reality: “Zoom in a Room." In Los Angeles, students can start going back to school in person, but more than half say they will stick with distance learning. ...

Tennessee eyes 2-week tax holiday for restaurants, groceries

Apr. 13, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is proposing a $100 million, two-week sales tax holiday on restaurants, bars and groceries, as his administration looks to divvy up hundreds of millions of dollars in extra spending due to better-than-expected revenues during the COVID-19...

Union sues, says school board's $1,000 stipend discriminates

Apr. 07, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A teachers union has sued a northwest Louisiana school system, saying a $1,000 bonus discriminates against women, older workers and disabled people. The Caddo Parish School Board approved the “Caddo Heroes Stipend Allocation” for full-time...