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House committee approves bill requiring teacher salary boost

Jan. 24, 2022 10:55 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota House committee on Monday approved a proposal to prod school districts to use most of their boost in state funding for teachers' salaries. The Republican-dominated committee approved the bill on an eight to six vote, sending it to debate on the...

New Mexico educators rally amid growing teacher shortage

Jan. 23, 2022 16:10 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Educators on Sunday called on state lawmakers to do something about the shortage of teachers in New Mexico, saying schools are at a critical juncture due to the historic level of vacancies across all positions within the public education system. “Unless...

Mother: teachers manipulated child to change gender identity

Jan. 21, 2022 21:24 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mother who claims teachers secretly manipulated her 11-year-old daughter into changing her gender identity and name has filed a legal case against a tiny California school district. Spreckels Union School District was responsible for “extreme and outrageous...

WVa lawmakers seek to ban school mask, testing requirements

Jan. 19, 2022 18:30 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of Republican lawmakers in West Virginia is trying to pass a law forbidding mask mandates in K-12 schools and restricting districts from requiring COVID-19 testing for people who don't have symptoms. The “Public School Health Rights Act” would...

Massachusetts to provide at-home tests for schools

Jan. 18, 2022 13:49 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will make millions of rapid coronavirus test kits available to schools across the state so staff and students can test themselves weekly at home and schools can stay open for in-person instruction, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. Schools that opt in to...

Pandemic stress drives some Colorado teachers from classroom

Jan. 16, 2022 10:12 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Diane Santorico was a year shy of completing her third decade as a teacher when the profession that once gave her so much joy nearly stole all of it. She was sick – physically sick – and tired. The first few weeks of school had demanded that she teach in a...

Chicago students stage walkout, say COVID protocols lacking

Jan. 14, 2022 19:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of Chicago students staged a walkout Friday, saying there weren't enough precautions in place to protect them from COVID-19 despite an agreement between the teachers union and school district to return to classrooms. The walkout at schools across the city...

Teachers confront half-empty classrooms as virus surges

Jan. 13, 2022 17:33 PM EST

Teachers around the U.S. are confronting classrooms where as many as half of students are absent because they have been exposed to COVID-19 or their families kept them at home out of concern about the surging coronavirus. The widespread absences have only added to the difficulty of...

NYC mayor considering virtual learning plan for schools

Jan. 13, 2022 16:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Eric Adams is considering allowing the nation's largest school district to return to some form of virtual instruction as the city weathers a wave of coronavirus cases, a reversal from his pledge a week ago to keep children in schools. Adams said...

French teachers go on strike over handling of pandemic

Jan. 13, 2022 10:20 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French teachers voiced anger at the way the French government is handling the pandemic in schools, denounced confusing rules and called for more protection during a nationwide strike on Thursday. Exhausted by the pressures of surging COVID-19 cases, many teachers...