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Two tax increase measures may be on November Arizona ballot

Jan. 28, 2020 7:19 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters may have the opportunity to choose between competing tax increase measures to boost school funding in November. A proposal backed by some Republican lawmakers to boost a dedicated sales tax from 6/10 of a cent to a full penny advanced after a Senate committee hearing Tuesday....

Virginia teachers rally, push for more education funding

Jan. 27, 2020 4:19 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of Virginia teachers rallied at the state Capitol on Monday to call on lawmakers to increase state funding for public education and repeal a prohibition on collective bargaining by public employees. “It is past time for this c ommonwealth to live up to its obligation...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 27, 2020 9:00 AM EST

The Detroit News. January 23, 2020 Roadblocks ahead for Michigan school choice Don’t get too excited about the possibility of expanded school choice in Michigan — at least not yet. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could break down barriers to educational freedom, even...

Superintendent, union head at odds over teacher absenteeism

Jan. 26, 2020 4:14 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The superintendent of a Rhode Island school district and the head of the teacher's union are at odds over teacher absenteeism rates. Warwick Superintendent Philip Thornton says state Department of Education data shows 11% of the district's teachers were chronically absent last school...

Coeur d'Alene man pleads guilty to robbing Spokane bank

Jan. 25, 2020 6:23 PM EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. (AP) — A 24-year-old Coeur d'Alene man pleaded guilty Friday to robbing a bank, the Department of Justice said. Seth Patrick Getty walked into the Spokane Teachers Credit Union on March 12, 2018, and gave a note to a bank teller demanding money, KTVB-TV reported. “I have a gun....

Governor to seek school construction aid amid health issues

Jan. 24, 2020 3:21 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With budget season approaching, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is developing a plan to help deal with aging school buildings plagued by environmental problems, including lead paint and asbestos insulation, his office said. Wolf must deliver a budget proposal to the Legislature on...

Judge: Teacher layoffs didn't discriminate against blacks

Jan. 22, 2020 4:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A class-action lawsuit claiming Chicago Public Schools discriminated against black educators when it announced layoffs in 2011 has been dismissed. The 2012 lawsuit by the Chicago Teachers Union was filed on behalf of 630 black educators who were among 1,470 CPS employees who were laid off....

Vermont towns vote to withdraw from merged school district

Jan. 22, 2020 12:05 PM EST

READSBORO, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont towns that merged school districts less than two years ago have voted to withdraw. Readsboro residents approved an article to leave the Southern Valley Unified Union School District in a 47 to 13 vote Monday night, the Bennington Banner reported. Halifax, the second town...

Teachers union suing district over asbestos in schools

Jan. 20, 2020 1:11 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The union representing public school teachers in Philadelphia is suing the district over its handling of asbestos contamination in schools, the union said Monday. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers suit comes after the city school district was forced to close a north Philadelphia...

Report: Chicago Teachers Union spent $1.5M on lobbying

Jan. 19, 2020 3:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union spent almost $1.5 million on political activity including lobbying, in the months leading up to a two-week strike in the fall, according to a published report. The money, spent between March 2018 and July 2019, was in addition to $1.2 million the union's two...