Latest Primary and secondary education News

Labor shortage makes MD construction projects more costly

Dec. 13, 2019 6:01 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Some construction projects in Maryland are costing tens of millions of dollars more than original estimates, in large measure because of a lack of skilled trades in the region. The increase in price for just two large projects at the University of Maryland? About $64 million....

Virginia high school student treated after lighting bullets

Dec. 13, 2019 5:29 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A student lit one or more bullets he was holding in his hand in a Virginia high school classroom, causing a minor explosion and requiring treatment for his injuries, a school system spokeswoman said. Norfolk Public Schools spokeswoman Barbara M. Hunter told news outlets that the...

Committee denies federal grant funding for charter schools

Dec. 13, 2019 4:21 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire legislative committee voted Friday against accepting the first round of funding from a $46 million federal grant to expand the number of charter schools in the state, saying it would have jeopardized the health of public traditional schools and existing charter schools....

NFL Notes: Meaty questions, deep cuts with Saints' Payton

Dec. 13, 2019 3:18 PM EST

Sean Payton responded to a grocery store butcher’s questioning of one of his play calls with a cutting retort about the quality of the meat behind the counter. The New Orleans Saints coach says he was really trying to be lighthearted about it, but also felt compelled to explain his decision to call for a...

Wisconsin students find recording devices in Minnesota hotel

Dec. 13, 2019 2:36 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Wisconsin school district has put a staff member on leave after some high school students from found recording devices in their hotel rooms during a field trip to Minneapolis. The response was a cautionary measure that is standard during a police investigation, Madison School District...

Democratic presidential candidates to attend schools forum

Dec. 13, 2019 12:38 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — At least eight Democratic presidential candidates plan to participate in a forum Saturday in Pittsburgh to answer questions about their plans for public schools. The committed candidates are Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer...

Gas leak closes elementary school in Cottonwood Heights

Dec. 13, 2019 12:36 PM EST

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (AP) — An elementary school in the Salt Lake City suburb of Cottonwood Heights was evacuated Friday because of a natural gas leak. Extensive work will be needed to fix the leak and that classes at Canyon View Elementary School were canceled for the day, Canyons School District...

State releases analysis of $450M Providence schools budget

Dec. 13, 2019 10:30 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence public school district is in a better financial position than previously thought, but resources need to be reallocated, according to an independent financial analysis released Friday. The state, which assumed control of the struggling district last month, released...

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board closing 3 schools

Dec. 13, 2019 10:24 AM EST

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board cites continued declining enrollment and a deep budget deficit in its decision to close three schools at the end of the academic year. The board voted Thursday to close Marion W. Savage Elementary School, Sioux Trail Elementary School and...

Teacher: Bring food to class holiday party or don't eat

Dec. 13, 2019 10:04 AM EST

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school system is apologizing after a teacher said students can't eat at a class holiday party if they don't bring food. News outlets report the Meridian Public School District issued a statement Thursday saying a teacher wrote a letter to parents about an upcoming...