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Official: Tennessee vouchers are federally taxable income

Nov. 18, 2019 7:07 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s education commissioner says the state’s new school vouchers for private education will be considered federally taxable income for parents. After confirming the requirement to lawmakers Monday, Commissioner Penny Schwinn told reporters the attorney...

Coalition hopes to create Oceti Sakowin charter schools

Nov. 18, 2019 5:45 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A coalition in South Dakota has suggested to the State-Tribal Relations Committee that it pass legislation allowing Native Americans to create charter schools rooted in Oceti Sakowin values. Sarah Pierce, one of the leaders of the South Dakota Education Equity Coalition, told the...

Suit: School officials in Tennessee county push Christianity

Nov. 18, 2019 5:41 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two atheist families are suing a Tennessee school system, claiming district officials there promote Christianity. The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nashville by the American Civil Liberties Union. It claims Smith County school officials engage in...

Big Indiana teacher rally not prompting immediate GOP action

Nov. 18, 2019 5:29 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of teachers are preparing to descend on the Indiana Statehouse to push for further increasing teacher pay, but top Republicans are throwing cold water on the prospect of more state money for schools in the coming year. About half of Indiana’s nearly 300 school districts...

Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters

Nov. 18, 2019 3:38 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. In yet another escalation for the movement, protests raged...

Fargo police investigate complaint of teacher hitting child

Nov. 18, 2019 11:59 AM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo Public School District officials say a teacher has been suspended with pay after being accused of striking a special education student. KFGO reports the teacher is accused of hitting the student on the shoulder at Centennial Elementary School recently. The student is enrolled in...

Hawaii program produces high bilingual graduation rate

Nov. 18, 2019 10:39 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii public school students who study and master English as a second language before high school were more likely to graduate on time than native speakers, education officials said. A study found 90% of students who completed the state’s English Learner program before entering high...

Trustees approve new degree program for UW

Nov. 18, 2019 10:31 AM EST

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming’s Board of Trustees has approved a new computer science education certificate program that will help Wyoming K-12 teachers become qualified to teach computer science curriculum. The Laramie Boomerang reports that the computer science certificate program...

Applications open for Kentucky entrepreneurship program

Nov. 18, 2019 4:46 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs in Kentucky has begun taking applications for next year’s program focusing on product innovation and business model design. A statement from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet says the three-week summer program at...

Last survivor pulled from collapsed Bonfire reflects

Nov. 18, 2019 1:05 AM EST

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Holding the attention of hundreds of children and teenagers is no easy task for many adults. On a cool October weekday, John Comstock had scores of Allen Academy students and staff members captivated as he told the story of being trapped for seven hours on the morning of Nov. 18, 1999,...