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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 file photo, elementary 1 and 2 teachers prepare their desks and laptops for a virtual class outside of Suder Montessori Magnet Elementary School in Chicago.  The Chicago Teachers Union said Sunday, Jan. 24 that its members voted to defy an order to return to the classroom before they are vaccinated against the coronavirus, setting up a showdown with district officials who have said such a move would amount to an illegal strike. (Anthony Vazquez/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district

Jan. 24, 2021 2:43 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union said Sunday that its members voted to defy an order to return to the classroom over concerns about COVID-19, setting up a showdown with district officials who have said that refusing to return when ordered would amount to an illegal strike. Chicago Public Schools,...

School bill challenges New Mexico virus restrictions

Jan. 24, 2021 11:18 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bipartisan group of New Mexico lawmakers is pushing legislation that would allow more students to attend class in person by shifting authority over decisions to reopen from state officials to local school boards. The bill is a direct challenge to the cautious approach to in-person...

Students arrive by bus at Foundation Preparatory School for their return to school during the coronavirus in New Orleans on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. It was the first day of in-person learning for fifth-12th grade public school students in Orleans Parish. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

Public school enrollment drops in Louisiana amid pandemic

Jan. 24, 2021 10:07 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's public schools have nearly 17,000 fewer students in the coronavirus pandemic, an enrollment decline of more than 2% this year, according to state officials. Nearly half the decrease is among students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. However, The Advocate reports...

Valerie Johnson prepares a care package for her adoptive senior at her home in Spout Spring, Va., on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The Central Virginia community is working to ensure the Class of 2021 feels supported and encouraged to get through this unusual senior year. Lena Ruhland, parent to a Brookville High School senior, created an “Adopt a Senior” Facebook page earlier this month to help connect community members and parents to Class of 2021 seniors in the area. (Kendall Warner/The News & Advance via AP)

Community works to support high school seniors in pandemic

Jan. 24, 2021 9:00 AM EST

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The Central Virginia community is working to ensure the Class of 2021 feels supported and encouraged to get through this unusual senior year. Lena Ruhland, parent to a Brookville High School senior, created an “Adopt a Senior” Facebook page earlier this month to help...

Hawaii education department has budget cuts reduced

Jan. 23, 2021 11:50 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige has told the state Department of Education that its budget cuts would be reduced by about $123 million because of additional federal funds and more optimistic revenue projections. The state agency learned of the news on Thursday. The Department of Education had been...

Teachers grapple with current events lessons after breach

Jan. 23, 2021 3:01 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Going over current events is one of Barak Naveh’s favorite parts of teaching. It’s an honor and a privilege, he said, to be able to help his history students at Pittsburgh Obama Academy understand the world in the context of the past, to show them how history is relevant in...

Rural schools struggling virtually push return to classroom

Jan. 23, 2021 1:03 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Andy and Amy Jo Hellenbrand live on a little farm in south-central Wisconsin where they raise corn, soybeans, wheat, heifers, chickens, goats, bunnies, and their four children, ages 5 to 12. For the entire fall semester, the quartet of grade school students learned virtually from home,...

This Dec. 16, 2020 image provided by UNM Health shows a bin of COVID-19 vaccines for the first round of health care workers to be vaccinated at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, N.M. (UNM Health via AP)

Officials: School vaccine clinics in New Mexico on hold

Jan. 22, 2021 6:13 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Vaccination clinics scheduled for hundreds of public school employees throughout Albuquerque and surrounding communities won’t happen after all, prompting criticism from a state lawmaker and disappointment from top administrators at two of the state's largest school...

Minnesota Senate Republicans release legislative priorities

Jan. 22, 2021 5:47 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans unveiled priorities for the new legislative session this week that include limiting the governor's peacetime emergency powers and avoiding tax increases to help with financial woes caused by the pandemic. The package includes legislation that would allow...

With limited vaccine, Idaho faces priority group confusion

Jan. 22, 2021 5:45 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Limited coronavirus vaccine availability, confusion over just which Idaho residents should be vaccinated first and rumors of line-jumpers are all complicating the state's vaccine rollout. Members of Idaho's COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee met Friday to help clarify exactly who...