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Review finds severe dysfunction at Providence public schools

Jun. 26, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The findings of an independent review of the Providence public school system are devastating and shed a light on what's clearly a broken system, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday. The scathing 93-page report by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy released...

West Virginia Senate passes GOP charter school bill

Jun. 24, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate passed a sweeping GOP education bill Monday that would allow the state's first charter schools, a move that has drawn heavy protests from teachers. Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled chamber approved the bill 18-16. It now moves to the office of Gov....

West Virginia education bill advances as teachers protest

Jun. 17, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday advanced a sweeping education proposal to allow the state's first charter schools after a similar Senate bill sparked massive teacher protests at the state Capitol. The measure cleared an early hurdle as lawmakers in the...

The Latest: Hong Kong police say want to clear protesters

Jun. 16, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill (all times local): 7 a.m. Hong Kong police say they want to clear the streets of protesters Monday morning. Police announced the decision at an early morning news conference. Many protesters spent Sunday night near government...

Legacy of teacher walkouts could be more political activism

Jun. 15, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Betty Collins was born and raised in Tulsa, but the eighth grade history teacher hadn't been to the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until last spring, when she educators throughout the state walked off the job to protest for better wages and public school funding. Since that successful...

Trump looms large as West Virginia GOP leaders squabble

Jun. 14, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In a state where President Donald Trump's name is still gold, Republican leaders are fighting in a public and caustic way over who's his best friend. On one side, Gov. Jim Justice says he and Trump are "bound at the hip." On the other, Senate Republican leaders argue the governor...

After strikes, West Virginia teachers being tested again

Jun. 5, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Teachers in West Virginia walked out of the classroom last year and sparked a national wave of strikes. They walked out this year too. Now they're being tested again. But this time, as a summertime special legislative session undercuts the threat of a third strike, it's not clear...

Biden unveils education policy plan before teachers union

May. 28, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden unveiled his first major policy proposal on Tuesday before one of the nation's largest teachers unions. The former vice president's education plan would triple funding for schools with a high percentage of low-income students. It would double 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....

DeVos becoming popular target for Democrats in 2020 race

May. 23, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls Betsy DeVos the "worst secretary of education we've seen." Sen. Amy Klobuchar says DeVos "shouldn't be in her job." Beto O'Rourke's take on DeVos: "We can do better." In the hunt for a presidential nomination, those Democrats and others are increasingly taking swings at DeVos as a way...