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Florida schools to add mental health classes to curriculum

Jul. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida public schools will now be required to teach students about mental health under a new mandate passed by the state board of education. The board voted unanimously on the measure on Wednesday to require that students from sixth through 12th grade take at least five hours of mental health...

School board member pleads guilty to defrauding employer

Jul. 17, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut school board member who prosecutors say was part of a scheme to defraud the Illinois-based company he worked for has pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud. East Haven Board of Education member John T. Finkle III said after court Tuesday he didn't know yet what he would...

Providence school board nominates interim superintendent

Jul. 17, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The beleaguered Providence Public Schools have a new interim superintendent who previously held the post 15 years ago. The School Board on Tuesday nominated Frances Gallo, who is expected to start before Sept. 1. She previously was superintendent in Central Falls for eight years...

Mississippi principal hired as district superintendent

Jul. 12, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district has hired a new superintendent as it tries to improve its state rating. The Enterprise-Journal reports that the South Pike School District has an F letter grade. On Thursday, the board hired Donna Scott for a three-year contract. She was principal of L.J....

Salt Lake teachers, school district reach working agreement

Jul. 11, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake teachers association and the city's school district have reached a tentative agreement. The Deseret News reported Wednesday that the two sides in a labor dispute reached the working agreement after meeting with a federal mediator Wednesday. The school district says in a...

Whitmer travels to Benton Harbor to resume talks on schools

Jul. 9, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has traveled to Benton Harbor for a second time to meet with school board members to discuss how to potentially avoid closing the city's high schools. The Detroit News reported Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Benton Harbor Area School board leaders met...

OKC school board member seeks to stop discussion of conduct

Jul. 9, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City School Board member seeks to permanently prevent the board from discussing his conduct. In a motion dated July 3, member Charles Henry asks a judge for a permanent injunction to stop the board from actions that he says violate his constitutional rights to free speech...

Nebraska hires 2 private consultants for struggling schools

Jul. 8, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Education hired two consultants to guide schools struggling with low test scores and performance, even though some board members were against the move. The state Board of Education approved two one-year contracts worth $350,000 in total. The consultants were...

Editorials from around New England

Jul. 5, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: ___ CONNECTICUT This Independence Day we have a new fight upon us. We're angry, alienated and losing hope. Hartford Courant July 4 This weekend we celebrate being American and all that goes with it, from going to the beach to gathering with friends to maybe doing a little...

San Francisco to paint over historic George Washington mural

Jul. 4, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will spend up to $600,000 to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the life of George Washington, a mural once seen as educational and innovative but now criticized as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people. The...