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Louisiana education leaders look to improve child literacy

Nov. 28, 2020 12:20 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education leaders are working on plans aimed at improving reading skills for the state's youngest students, hoping to reverse years of neglect that has stifled education achievement for decades. The Advocate reports that students from kindergarten through second grade...

Members in the House of Representatives listen as Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston speaks during Organization Day at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, pool)

School funding issue persists as Indiana lawmakers reconvene

Nov. 28, 2020 10:04 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As state legislators gear up to craft the next two-year budget, school districts around Indiana continue to face funding uncertainties amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The turmoil that Indiana schools have faced from COVID-19 will be a top concern of legislators during their...

Posters on precautions against the coronavirus are displayed at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The signs on posters read

Correction: Virus Outbreak-The Latest story

Nov. 27, 2020 7:31 PM EST
In a story Nov. 25, 2020, about a new U.S. estimate of missed coronavirus infections, The Associated Press erroneously reported an earlier calculation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, the CDC estimated nine of every 10 cases were being missed, not one of every 10.

Federal court halts part of Beshear's COVID-19 school orders

Nov. 27, 2020 7:14 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — A federal court halted Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's recent coronavirus-related suspension of in-person classes at religious schools, a victory for state Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Beshear has appealed the ruling to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and asked for an...

Wyoming teacher honored for student support amid pandemic

Nov. 27, 2020 11:36 AM EST

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A high school teacher in Wyoming has received a national award for supporting students during the pandemic who struggle with attention and learning. The National Center for Learning Disabilities awarded the Everyday Champion Award to Whiting High School special education teacher...

FILE - Gov. Bill Lee speaks during the Tennessee Higher Education Commission session of the state budget hearings Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.  A prominent voucher group’s outreach efforts to families of students “caused nothing but confusion” while Tennessee attempted to enact a program that would have allowed parents to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition. According to emails detailing the implementation efforts, officials were clashing with the American Federation for Children as it rushed to get the voucher program up and running.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Emails: School choice org caused 'confusion' in voucher plan

Nov. 27, 2020 10:17 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prominent voucher group's outreach efforts to families of students “caused nothing but confusion” while Tennessee attempted to enact a program that would have allowed parents to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition, a state official said in emails...

Anchorage School District to continue online-only learning

Nov. 27, 2020 12:05 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage School District has announced that schools will not resume in-person classes until after winter break because of increasing confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city. Superintendent Deena Bishop made the announcement Wednesday in an email to families and employees, saying...

Rhode Island announces MLK holiday essay contest

Nov. 26, 2020 2:59 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are putting out the call for middle and high school students to enter the state's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday essay contest. “Every year, this essay contest tends to be one of the most enjoyable aspects of our yearly celebration and the...

In this photo provided by Julie Mackett, the kindergarten teacher conducts her class at Ft. Meigs Elementary School, in Perrysburg, Ohio. Contact tracing and isolation protocols meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus are sidelining school employees and frustrating efforts to continue in-person learning. “I think everybody understands when you can’t have enough subs to fill the roles, it’s also a safety issue: You can’t have that many children without support from adults,” said Mackett, who went through her own two-week quarantine early in the school year after a student tested positive. (Courtesy of Julie Mackett via AP)

Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

Nov. 26, 2020 11:06 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The infection of a single cafeteria worker was all it took to close classrooms in the small Lowellville school district in northeastern Ohio, forcing at least two weeks of remote learning. Not only did the worker who tested positive for the coronavirus need to quarantine, but so did...

5000 Alabama students haven't shown up for any sort of class

Nov. 26, 2020 10:33 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Preliminary reports indicate that more than 5,000 Alabama public school students haven’t shown up for any sort of classes, virtual or in-person, state Education Superintendent Eric Mackey said. The students are likely to have a hard time catching up and the enrollment drop...