Latest Primary and secondary education News

Democrats' hope to beat Walker is former teacher

Aug. 15, 2018 4:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tony Evers will try to capitalize on his even-keeled demeanor and background in education as a former teacher, superintendent and now state schools chief to do something no Democrat has been able to achieve in 28 years: beat Scott Walker. Evers, a cancer survivor who refers to himself...

Murrieta district pays $11M over boy's school pool death

Aug. 15, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California school district will pay $11 million to the parents of a 13-year-old boy who died after being pulled unresponsive from a high school pool. A lawsuit settlement between the family of Alex Pierce and the Murrieta Valley Unified High School District was announced...

Diversity-focused academy program boosts Hollywood dreamers

Aug. 15, 2018 12:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to try to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities and give some a foot in the door at the most critical moment — when...

Bevin criticized for comparing critics to drowning victims

Aug. 14, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Facing a groundswell of opposition from public workers for his proposed pension changes, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin compared them to drowning victims on Tuesday in that "you just need to knock them out and drag them to shore." Bevin's comments came during a live interview...

Superintendent accused in feces on track to receive $100,000

Aug. 14, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school superintendent who resigned after he was accused of repeatedly defecating on another high school's track will receive more than $100,000 from his school district. Kenilworth Public Schools will pay Thomas Tramaglini's full salary until he officially resigns at...

Under new law, military kids get sex assault protections

Aug. 13, 2018 7:09 PM EDT

The Defense Department must improve the way it responds to child-on-child sexual assault at military bases in the U.S. and abroad as part of a sweeping new law President Donald Trump signed Monday. While the Pentagon began addressing sexual assault in the ranks a decade ago, an Associated Press investigation...

Survey: Oklahoma teacher vacancies remain, despite pay hikes

Aug. 13, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new survey shows Oklahoma schools continue to struggle filling classroom positions after the largest teacher pay raise in state history. The Oklahoma State School Boards Association survey released Monday says another academic year will start with nearly 500 teacher vacancies...

Students sent back to middle school over missing grades

Aug. 13, 2018 3:56 PM EDT

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — A dozen students in Alabama expecting to start high school last week are heading back to the eighth grade because the school system can't seem to find their grades. Superintendent Dr. Keith A. Stewart said in a letter that the students were initially promoted to the ninth grade at...

Teacher candidacies surge in wake of spring walkouts

Aug. 13, 2018 12:06 PM EDT

The spring of teacher uprisings has given way to summer, but these are anything but lazy days for educators continuing the fight through their own election campaigns. Hundreds of teachers are running for office in November elections, campaigning primarily on promises to address public education spending cuts and...

The Latest: Sawyer gains votes in updated primary returns

Aug. 8, 2018 7:49 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on the Washington state primary (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A Washington state representative who resigned his chairmanship following allegations of inappropriate conduct was still finishing in third place in updated primary returns, but was closing in on the second spot....