Latest Primary and secondary education News

Lawmakers support raises for teachers, state employees

Feb. 16, 2020 6:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state employees and public school teachers could soon be getting raises and bonuses under budget proposals before the state House and Senate. Money committees in both chambers unveiled their proposals Sunday for a two-year and more than $135 billion state spending plan, both...

Parents allege daughter, 6, was sexually assaulted at recess

Feb. 16, 2020 4:40 PM EST

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The parents of a 6-year-old southern Illinois girl are suing local school officials, alleging that their daughter was sexually assaulted by another kindergartner during recess. The lawsuit names the Edwardsville School District 7 as the defendant and alleges that the school...

Analysis: New money puts Louisiana education groups at odds

Feb. 16, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Digging out of a decade of cuts and stagnant funding, Louisiana's public schools, colleges and other education programs are vying for the increased cash coming into the state treasury. But with a finite amount of money to pour into spending increases, education leaders end up at...

Connecticut bill prohibits discipline for unpaid lunch bills

Feb. 16, 2020 11:07 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering legislation to address the issue of school lunch debt. The General Assembly's Committee on Children will hold a public hearing on Tuesday on a bill that would prohibit disciplinary action against public school children who have unpaid school...

Suspect arrested in alleged after-hours school assault

Feb. 16, 2020 10:49 AM EST

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in an alleged assault on a New Jersey elementary school employee after school hours. Toms River police say units were called to Walnut Street Elementary School at about 6 p.m. Thursday during what police called an “extracurricular...

School district cancels basketball game, dance over threat

Feb. 15, 2020 4:21 PM EST

Westfield Center, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school district canceled a Saturday basketball game and a winter dance because of an undisclosed threat made against the high school. Cloverleaf Local Schools Superintendent Daryl Kubilus sent a private alert to members of the school community Saturday that said the...

Ex-Arizona principal pleads guilty to $2.5M enrollment fraud

Feb. 15, 2020 2:43 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A former charter school principal in Arizona has pleaded guilty to participating in a $2.5 million scheme to inflate enrollment at the now-closed Bradley Academy of Excellence. Former Goodyear school principal Harold Cadiz, 55, was charged with two counts of felony theft and faces up to 12...

Kansas officials quash Shawnee Mission teacher contract

Feb. 15, 2020 12:02 PM EST

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Labor on Friday ordered the Shawnee Mission School District to stop enforcing its labor contract with teachers after finding the district wrongly imposed a three-year contract that wasn't negotiated. The department's ruling said the three-year contract...

Ex-school principal enters plea for failing to report abuse

Feb. 15, 2020 10:34 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Omaha elementary school principal accused last year of not immediately reporting a teacher's suspected sexual abuse of students has pleaded no contest to failing to report child abuse. Eric Nelson entered the plea Thursday in Douglas County District Court, television station...

Maryland delegate balances being mom, politician, activist

Feb. 15, 2020 9:00 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Rain was falling for the second straight week in Howard County. It was midafternoon on a Monday, and Del. Vanessa Atterbeary confidently walked into a Starbucks in Laurel and ordered an iced tea. She was dressed head to toe in black with a pop of color in her bright red lipstick. She sat...