Latest Primary and secondary education News

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...

Albuquerque police contest seeks to build 'lowrider' patrol

Oct. 16, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest police force wants to go slow and low. The Albuquerque Police Department is inviting high school students to design the department's first lowrider patrol car . The winner of the competition will have his or her artwork displayed on the car's hood and will...

Bevin, Beshear wrangle over education in debate

Oct. 15, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear traded shots in a rancorous debate Tuesday night that turned personal when the incumbent brought up his challenger's children to claim his opponent is a "fraud" in promoting public education. Beshear responded...

Bomb scare at Montana school turns out to be false alarm

Oct. 15, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities evacuated an elementary school in Montana on Tuesday after officials found what they thought were the remnants of a homemade bomb that exploded, but it turned out to be a plastic bottle filled with nuts and bolts left in the schoolyard. School officials in Helena made the...

Hood: Reeves commercial filmed at private school is 'phony'

Oct. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor said Tuesday that his Republican opponent should stop running a "phony" campaign commercial about supporting public education. Attorney General Jim Hood criticized Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves for filming part of the commercial at the...

University of Arkansas at Monticello chancellor resigning

Oct. 15, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas at Monticello said its chancellor will resign at the end of the semester as the school faces a budget deficit amid a large drop in student enrollment. Karla Hughes will resign on Dec. 31 after three years leading the school, officials announced Monday....

Panel: Florida should tighten school shooter drills

Oct. 15, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's public schools should have realistic active-shooter drills and any armed school employees must be trained by a sheriff's office and not a private company, the commission investigating last year's high school massacre recommended Tuesday to the Legislature. The Marjory...

All-boys St. Mary's Prep will accept girls next fall

Oct. 15, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

ORCHARD LAKE, Mich. (AP) — An all-boys Catholic school in suburban Detroit is accepting girls next fall. St. Mary's Prep in Orchard Lake says girls will have their own single-gender classes but will mix with boys during other activities. St. Mary's headmaster Bob Pyles says the school's "core values remain...

Teachers' strike continues in central Colorado

Oct. 15, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

FAIRPLAY, Colo. (AP) — Classes are canceled for a second day in a central Colorado district because of a strike by teachers. Teachers in the Park County School District RE-2 were picketing again Tuesday over wages and other issues. District officials have offered a $2,000 raise. A member of the South Park...

DC schools to get additional $20M this academic year

Oct. 15, 2019 6:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public and charter schools in Washington, D.C., are set to get at least $20 million more in funding this academic year. The Washington Post reports the funding increase comes after the public school system struggled with a $25 million deficit in the fiscal year that ended last month....