Latest Primary and secondary education News

D-Day's 75th anniversary renews interest in some classrooms

May. 27, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kasey Turcol has just 75 minutes to explain to her high school students the importance of D-Day — and if this wasn't the 75th anniversary of the turning point in World War II, she wouldn't devote that much time to it. D-Day is not part of the required curriculum in North...

Discipline or treatment? Schools rethinking vaping response

May. 26, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A glimpse of student athletes in peak physical condition vaping just moments after competing in a football game led Stamford High School Principal Raymond Manka to reconsider his approach to the epidemic. His school traditionally has emphasized discipline for those caught with...

Tech trail blazers have first graduation

May. 26, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis told the first graduating class of the Owensboro Innovation Academy that he was proud to stand before the 59 students who blazed the trail to become the first New Tech high school in Kentucky. Lewis was the commencement speaker for the...

Texas lawmakers OK school finance bill, property tax reform

May. 25, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican-led Legislature approved a sweeping bipartisan school finance bill that brings an extra $4.5 billion into Texas classrooms and pours $1.6 billion toward teacher raises_marking lawmakers' latest attempt to overhaul how the state pays for its troubled public school system....

Texas high school hires former Baylor coach Art Briles

May. 24, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

Art Briles, the former Baylor football coach who was fired three years ago amid a sexual assault scandal at the Baptist school, has been hired to lead an East Texas high school program. Mount Vernon superintendent Jason McCullough announced Friday the board of trustees had approved a two-year contract with...

Boston arts museum bans 2 visitors for offensive language

May. 24, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has banned two visitors and vowed to change protocols for guards after minority middle school students said they were subjected to racism by staff and patrons during a field trip last week. Principal Arturo Forrest told The Boston Globe one museum staff member...

Texas governor announces $1.6B deal for teacher raises

May. 23, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that $1.6 billion in teacher raises are coming in a deal partly driven by classroom unrest across the U.S. and Republicans who sharply changed course on public education ahead of 2020 elections. Abbott trumpeted the pay hikes near the end of an...

Correction: MeToo-Teaching Consent story

May. 23, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

In a story May 20 about teaching consent in the #MeToo era, The Associated Press misidentified the description of programs that stress abstinence in sex education taught by the group Ascend. The group teaches "sexual risk avoidance," not "sexual risk aversion." A corrected version of the story is below: Amid...

West Point to graduate record number of black female cadets

May. 23, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The class of cadets preparing to jubilantly toss their caps in the air at the U.S. Military Academy's graduation ceremony Saturday includes 34 black women, a record number that's a sign of concerted efforts to diversify West Point's Long Gray Line. West Point remains mostly white...

Museum apologizes to minority students told: 'No watermelon'

May. 23, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's venerable Museum of Fine Arts has apologized to a group of minority middle school students who say they were subjected to racism by staff and some other patrons during a field trip. Museum officials in a letter posted on its website Wednesday apologized to the students and staff at...