Latest Primary and secondary education News

Schools across US brace for surge of kindergartners in fall

Jun. 13, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

School districts across the United States are hiring additional teachers in anticipation of what will be one of the largest kindergarten classes ever as enrollment rebounds following the coronavirus pandemic. As they await the arrival next fall of students who sat out...

Zooming in: Lansing will keep, expand online school option

Jun. 13, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan school district that never returned to classrooms during 2020-21 will embrace online education again in the fall and open it to more students. Lansing said it will keep online classes as an option and invite families from other...

Mississippi teens to merge civil rights lessons, filmmaking

Jun. 13, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

SUMNER, Miss. (AP) — Fannie Lou Hamer stepped onto the national platform in 1964 after giving powerful testimony about racial violence against Black men and women in the South at the Democratic National Convention. Her stirring stories made her a sought-out speaker. Her...

Teacher experiences unusual start to rewarding profession

Jun. 13, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Anna Istre, a second grade teacher at Lake Charles Charter Academy, had two very unusual starts to her career. She graduated McNeese State University and began teaching right before the March 2020 COVID-19 shutdowns and then began again with the difficulties of the...

Vermont city to hold fireworks; Dartmouth grads get 2 guests

Jun. 12, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A look at pandemic-related news around New England on Saturday: VERMONT The annual Independence Day celebration is returning to Vermont’s largest city. Burlington expects thousands of people to gather...

Teachers wary of new laws limiting instruction on race

Jun. 12, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As middle school teacher Brittany Paschall assembled a lesson plan on the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues, she wondered how she might have to go about it differently next year under a new Tennessee state law that prohibits teaching certain concepts of race and...

Pharrell Williams to open Va. school for low-income families

Jun. 12, 2021 09:51 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Singer Pharrell Williams’ nonprofit plans to open a group of small private schools for students from low-income families, starting in Norfolk. The first school will open this fall in Ghent — the group declined to specify where — for students in...

NC court: Students can use constitution to fight bullying

Jun. 11, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The constitutional right of North Carolina's children to have access to a good public school education also applies to individual students who aren't getting help to stop classroom bullying and harassment against them, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. ...

New Mexico congresswoman joins Biden's pre-K investment push

Jun. 11, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández told a crowd of educators and parents on Friday that she wants federal help to cap child care costs and raise pay for child care workers. The Democrat toured a pre-K Santa Fe school in her home...

Schools to appeal teacher's return after transgender remark

Jun. 11, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia school system plans to appeal a judge's order to reinstate a suspended gym teacher who spoke at a school board meeting against a proposal requiring that transgender students be addressed by their preferred pronouns. WTOP-FM...