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Superintendent, union head at odds over teacher absenteeism

Jan. 26, 2020 4:14 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The superintendent of a Rhode Island school district and the head of the teacher's union are at odds over teacher absenteeism rates. Warwick Superintendent Philip Thornton says state Department of Education data shows 11% of the district's teachers were chronically absent last school...

Coeur d'Alene man pleads guilty to robbing Spokane bank

Jan. 25, 2020 6:23 PM EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. (AP) — A 24-year-old Coeur d'Alene man pleaded guilty Friday to robbing a bank, the Department of Justice said. Seth Patrick Getty walked into the Spokane Teachers Credit Union on March 12, 2018, and gave a note to a bank teller demanding money, KTVB-TV reported. “I have a gun....

Governor to seek school construction aid amid health issues

Jan. 24, 2020 3:21 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With budget season approaching, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is developing a plan to help deal with aging school buildings plagued by environmental problems, including lead paint and asbestos insulation, his office said. Wolf must deliver a budget proposal to the Legislature on...

Judge: Teacher layoffs didn't discriminate against blacks

Jan. 22, 2020 4:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A class-action lawsuit claiming Chicago Public Schools discriminated against black educators when it announced layoffs in 2011 has been dismissed. The 2012 lawsuit by the Chicago Teachers Union was filed on behalf of 630 black educators who were among 1,470 CPS employees who were laid off....

Vermont towns vote to withdraw from merged school district

Jan. 22, 2020 12:05 PM EST

READSBORO, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont towns that merged school districts less than two years ago have voted to withdraw. Readsboro residents approved an article to leave the Southern Valley Unified Union School District in a 47 to 13 vote Monday night, the Bennington Banner reported. Halifax, the second town...

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...

Report: Chicago Teachers Union spent $1.5M on lobbying

Jan. 19, 2020 3:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union spent almost $1.5 million on political activity including lobbying, in the months leading up to a two-week strike in the fall, according to a published report. The money, spent between March 2018 and July 2019, was in addition to $1.2 million the union's two...

This July 31, 2019 photo shows Stillwater Christian School parents Jeri Anderson and Kendra Espinoza at Woodland Park in Kalispell, Mont.  The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program for private K-12 education that also makes donors eligible for up to $150 in state tax credits. Advocates on both sides say the outcome could be momentous because it could lead to efforts in other states to funnel taxpayer money to religious schools. (Casey Kreider/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

Justices taking up bans on state money to religious schools

Jan. 18, 2020 10:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program...

North Carolina group gauges teachers' support for strike

Jan. 17, 2020 4:50 PM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Association of Educators wants to know how long teachers would stay out of the classroom to get the pay raises and benefits that they want. The NCAE is surveying teachers to find out how long they would participate in a work stoppage if the legislature...

Vegas teachers start drive for sales tax hike to raise $1B

Jan. 16, 2020 3:28 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Just days after beginning an initiative drive to increase casino taxes, Las Vegas-area teachers filed a petition to increase Nevada sales taxes and raise more than $1 billion per year for schools. The political action group Fund Our Schools, backed by the Clark County Education...