Latest Primary and secondary education News

The Latest: Chicago teachers to strike amid no contract deal

Oct. 17, 2019 12:43 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Chicago teachers strike (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Chicago teachers are set to go on strike after failing to reach a contract deal with the nation's third-largest school district. Both sides have been negotiating for months over issues including pay and benefits, class...

Chicago teachers' contract talks about more than money

Oct. 16, 2019 9:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's public schools will be closed Thursday as the city's 25,000 teachers are set to go on strike . A strike in the nation's third-largest school district would mean no classes for more than 300,000 students. Like most workers threatening to walk off the job, the teachers want a raise....

9-year-old girl burned at Brooklyn charter school

Oct. 16, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A 9-year-old student has been hospitalized after being badly burned at a Brooklyn charter school. Police say the young girl claims she found a lighter in a bathroom stall and accidently ignited her uniform. It happened Wednesday afternoon at the Excellence Girls Charter School Elementary...

Chicago teachers to strike in nation's 3rd largest district

Oct. 16, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for a massive teachers' strike set to begin Thursday, prompting the city to preemptively cancel classes in the nation's third-largest school district. The Chicago Teachers Union confirmed Wednesday night that its 25,000 members...

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

Oct. 16, 2019 4:43 PM 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...

Trump rule may mean 1 million kids lose automatic free lunch

Oct. 16, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a million children could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that would reduce the number of people who get food stamps. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released an analysis that says as many as 982,000 children could...

Sioux Falls teacher surprised with $25K as a top US educator

Oct. 16, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Alison Ter Horst meant to be a guidance counselor, not a teacher, but once she tried student teaching she couldn't bear to leave the classroom. On Wednesday, Ter Horst was surprised with a $25,000 check at Washington High School in Sioux Falls as one of the nation's top teachers,...

4 school districts in Kansas' most populous county sue Juul

Oct. 16, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Four more school districts in Kansas are suing a leading e-cigarette maker as they struggle to stop students from vaping. The Kansas City Star reports that school boards for the 27,000-student Shawnee Mission district, the 22,000-student Blue Valley and the DeSoto school district, which...

School district backtracks on transgender student policy

Oct. 16, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

JASPER, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia school district says it won't let transgender students use bathrooms aligning with their gender identity, reversing a previous decision. The Pickens County school district announced the decision Wednesday, following a heated public meeting Monday night. The district says it...

Chicago Public Schools, mayor announce classes canceled Thursday ahead of expected teachers strike

Oct. 16, 2019 9:52 AM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools, mayor announce classes canceled Thursday ahead of expected teachers strike.