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Indiana education groups mount opposition to curriculum bill

Jan. 19, 2022 18:57 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana teachers and others are mounting opposition to a House bill that Republican lawmakers say would increase transparency of school curricula, even after Senate leaders decided to effectively abandon their version of the legislation. The bill would require...

WVa lawmakers seek to ban school mask, testing requirements

Jan. 19, 2022 18:30 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of Republican lawmakers in West Virginia is trying to pass a law forbidding mask mandates in K-12 schools and restricting districts from requiring COVID-19 testing for people who don't have symptoms. The “Public School Health Rights Act” would...

New Mexico will send COVID tests to low-income neighborhoods

Jan. 19, 2022 17:21 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is sending free COVID-19 home tests to low-income and underserved neighborhoods, but some school officials say a nationwide shortage of tests is putting them in a bind as they work to meet state requirements aimed at keeping students and staff in the classroom....

DOT eases test requirements for potential school bus drivers

Jan. 19, 2022 12:36 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will temporarily ease the requirements for becoming a school bus driver in an attempt to get more people behind the wheel and help school districts strained by a shortage of drivers. The DOT is waiving the portion of...

Washington students' test scores drop significantly

Jan. 18, 2022 17:59 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington students took their first state exams last fall since the pandemic began and their scores dropped. The Seattle Times reports that between 2019 and 2021, the overall percentage of students who met state standards on the math portion of the exam fell by 20...

Massachusetts to provide at-home tests for schools

Jan. 18, 2022 13:49 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will make millions of rapid coronavirus test kits available to schools across the state so staff and students can test themselves weekly at home and schools can stay open for in-person instruction, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. Schools that opt in to...

Romania pushes to add climate change education in schools

Jan. 15, 2022 02:56 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s president wants to add sections on climate change and environmental issues to the national school curriculum to enable students to learn more about the challenges the world faces from climate change. President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday launched...

Indiana Senate abandons contentious school curriculum bill

Jan. 14, 2022 18:04 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate will not consider contentious Republican-backed legislation that supporters say would have increased parental control over what their kids learn but that teachers and other critics say would have amounted to censorship, a top lawmaker said Friday. ...

Teachers confront half-empty classrooms as virus surges

Jan. 13, 2022 17:33 PM EST

Teachers around the U.S. are confronting classrooms where as many as half of students are absent because they have been exposed to COVID-19 or their families kept them at home out of concern about the surging coronavirus. The widespread absences have only added to the difficulty of...

Lawmakers aim to reject, replace Idaho education standards

Jan. 13, 2022 17:14 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of Idaho lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation to reject the math, science and English standards currently used to make sure Idaho’s more than 300,000 K-12 students are meeting specific criteria and replace them with new ones. Backers of current...