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COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff

Sep. 22, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One desperate California school district is sending flyers home in students' lunchboxes, telling parents it's “now hiring." Elsewhere, principals are filling in as crossing guards, teachers are being offered signing bonuses and schools are moving back to online...

Eastern Kentucky teacher dies after battling COVID-19

Sep. 22, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A 29-year-old eastern Kentucky teacher known as a role model for her students has died after battling COVID-19, the district's superintendent said Wednesday. Joannie Bartley, a middle school math teacher in the Jenkins Independent district, died...

Test scores show pandemic toll on learning in Massachusetts

Sep. 21, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The pandemic has taken a toll on the test scores of Massachusetts students, according to statewide MCAS test results from the spring 2021 exam released Tuesday by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Overall, the results revealed...

Virginia to add tests to find pandemic-related learning gaps

Sep. 19, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Schools across Virginia will soon administer additional testing to assess how students in grades 3 through 8 are doing in math and reading after two turbulent school years. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the mandated tests are part of...

Louisiana 16-year-old is a finalist in global video contest

Sep. 18, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

BROUSSARD, La. (AP) — Sixteen-year-old Anil Cacodcar sits in an eerily lit home office and makes a bold claim — “Zombies actually do exist.” It’s the main thesis of a 3-minute video he created to explain prion protein diseases in a creative and engaging way. The...

UMass to rename nursing school after getting $21.5M gift

Sep. 16, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $21.5 million gift from the foundation named for an alumna who was also the author of several influential nursing textbooks, school officials announced Thursday. In honor of the gift from the...

More Kentucky school districts extending mask requirements

Sep. 15, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than three-fourths of Kentucky's school districts have extended mask requirements as one school system mourned the coronavirus-related death of a teacher Wednesday and the state reported its fourth-highest daily total of COVID-19 cases. The...

Iowa State University gets $42M gift for new facility

Sep. 15, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa State University alumni have provided a $42 million gift commitment to build a new facility for industrial engineering students. C.G. “Turk” and Joyce A. McEwen Therkildsen's gift to the university's Department of Industrial and...

Creighton University invests $37M in new 400-student dorm

Sep. 14, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton University plans to invest $37 million in a new residence hall for freshmen that will be the institution's first new dormitory since 2006. Most of the 400-student dormitory will be divided into four-person suites that will each have two...

Missouri K-12 test scores drop statewide amid coronavirus

Sep. 14, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's K-12 students did worse in all subject and grade-level statewide tests during the coronavirus pandemic, data released Tuesday show. Roughly 45% of public school students scored at least proficiently at English in the 2020-2021 school...