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Anchorage schools: No monthly anthem, state song requirement

Sep. 19, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage schools will not be required to play the national anthem and state song every month. The Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday that the Anchorage School Board voted 3-4 Tuesday to reject a proposed requirement for district schools to play the songs. Board member Dave...

St. Paul Public Schools settles teacher retaliation lawsuit

Sep. 18, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul Public Schools has agreed to pay a black teacher $525,000 to settle a 2017 whistleblower lawsuit that accused the district of retaliating and forcing him to quit because he criticized its racial equity policy. Aaron Benner was among five teachers who in 2014 criticized...

Jackson County School Board replaces longtime superintendent

Sep. 18, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district will have new leadership at the start of the new year. News outlets report the Jackson County School Board voted Monday to replace longtime Superintendent Barry Amacker with John Strycker, who is superintendent of schools in Butler County, Alabama, and...

Lesson learned: When in Barre use 'Barre Gray'

Sep. 17, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A security-related school project that is still a work in process has already failed Barre 101: If you're going to use granite — particularly gray granite — in a public project, it is best to buy local. School officials are learning that lesson the hard way following the...

Vermont school board to study career center move

Sep. 17, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont school board is going to study relocating the Central Vermont Career Center as part of a broader effort to determine the best way to deliver career technical education. The Times Argus reports the Barre Unified School Board has agreed to spend $25,000 in surplus funds on the...

Ex-school board candidate in Virginia pleads to sexual abuse

Sep. 14, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia local school board candidate has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse charges stemming from accusations from the 1990s. The Roanoke Times reports Phillip Bryant Foster pleaded guilty on Friday in Radford District Court to three...

Editorials from around New England

Sep. 13, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Urgent steps needed, vaping is killing people The Day Sept. 12 A suspicion that romaine or canteloupe or ground beef poses a threat to public health puts all hands on deck at restaurants and supermarkets to remove the suspect food. Get it off the market first and...

School district parts with man accused of improper spending

Sep. 13, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — A schools administrator accused of improperly spending nearly $50,000 on himself is no longer working for the district. Hinds County School Board President Linda Laws confirmed Earl Burke's departure to the Clarion Ledger , but wouldn't say whether Burke was fired or resigned. Burke...

New Hampshire's Board of Education marks 100th anniversary

Sep. 13, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Board of Education has marked its 100th anniversary. The board was given authority over "management and supervision of all public schools in New Hampshire" in 1919. The Legislature created the state board to provide volunteer citizen oversight of public education in...

Partisan Utah school board elections ruled constitutional

Sep. 12, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that partisan state school board elections are constitutional, overturning a 2017 district court decision. The unanimous Wednesday ruling reinstates a 2016 law allowing people who want to run for the state Board of Education to file as partisan...