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Teachers union suing district over asbestos in schools

Jan. 20, 2020 1:11 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The union representing public school teachers in Philadelphia is suing the district over its handling of asbestos contamination in schools, the union said Monday. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers suit comes after the city school district was forced to close a north Philadelphia...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jan. 20, 2020 12:51 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Barberton school district is doing the right thing Akron Beacon Journal Jan. 18 The Barberton City School District is doing the prudent thing by allowing some members of the Magics boys basketball team to engage in silent protest by...

School bus driver on leave after kids describe scary ride

Jan. 19, 2020 11:55 AM EST

MANTECA, Calif. (AP) — A central California school bus driver is on administrative leave after elementary school students said she drove in circles and over curbs during a scary ride home last week, according to a news report. Parents told school officials their kids called them crying and saying the...

Virginians push to remember historically black high schools

Jan. 19, 2020 9:00 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Vivian Monroe-Hester’s high school textbooks harbored hatred in their margins. As a teenager at the all-black Booker T. Washington High School in segregated, 1960s-era Virginia, Monroe-Hester studied from used books passed along by white high schools. White students, knowing...

In this Monday, Jan. 17, 2020 photo, Wesley Lowman sits for a portrait at Austin High School in Decatur, Ala. The Austin High senior created a computer application to help elementary students with math skills, and it was selected to represent the Fifth Congressional District at #HouseOfCode. He'll demonstrate the app in March at the U.S. Capitol. (Dan Busey/The Decatur Daily via AP)

Austin student to demonstrate app on Capitol Hill

Jan. 19, 2020 12:01 AM EST

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Wesley Lowman said the reason he created a computer application to help elementary students improve their math skills while playing games is pretty simple. “Elementary school is a critical time, and I see a lot of disinterest in math among students,” the Austin High...

School bus slides off road, parents told it's weather delay

Jan. 18, 2020 5:23 PM EST

MORETOWN, Vt. (AP) — Parents and school officials in Vermont said they weren't told the extent of an accident where a school bus carrying children slid off a roadway and was hanging halfway down an embankment. Parents said they were initially told by Moretown Elementary School officials in a two emails...

Attorney general's office dismisses parent complaint

Jan. 18, 2020 2:40 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state attorney general's office has declined to investigate a civil-rights complaint a group of parents filed over Seattle Public School's gifted-education program. The group filed the complaint in December alleging that the district is violating state law by not making a...

Bill proposes to let schools to raise money for field trips

Jan. 18, 2020 1:23 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state representative in Rhode Island is pushing for a bill that would allow school districts to raise money for extracurricular activities, including field trips and dances. Rep. Joseph McNamara, a Warwick Democrat, said many school districts canceled field trips last year after...

Mississippi keeps history exam, despite calls to end it

Jan. 18, 2020 12:09 PM EST

Mississippi's state Board of Education is keeping the state's U.S. history exam, despite months of pressure from teachers and others to cut testing. The board voted unanimously on Thursday to keep the test, one of four that public school students must keep in high school. A testing task force in August had...

Events scheduled across Michigan to honor King's legacy

Jan. 18, 2020 10:48 AM EST

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Events are scheduled across Michigan to honor the work and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and recognize the federal holiday named after the civil rights leader. Eastern Michigan University has kicked off a week-long series of events at its Ypsilanti campus, including the...