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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...

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...

Gov. Brian Kemp, center, is flanked by House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, right, and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan as he speaks during the State of the State address before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Atlanta.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

A look at week 1 of Georgia's 2020 legislative session

Jan. 18, 2020 9:36 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s 2020 legislative session opened Monday, bringing a flurry of activity back to the state Capitol. As lawmakers returned, they saw quick movement on legislation seeking to protect consumers from unexpected medical bills and tighten sales tax collection by online businesses....

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, front, raises his arm as he makes a pledge as he speaks during his State of the State address about Arizona's economy, new jobs, prison reform, and education as Senate president Karen Fann, R-Prescott, back right, and House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, back left, listen in on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Poorest, best schools a focus in proposed Arizona budget

Jan. 17, 2020 6:31 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey proposed a $12.3 billion spending plan Friday that would send more money to Arizona's best-performing and poorest schools while boosting the budget for repairing schools and building new ones. Ducey's budget would raise state spending by about 6% over the budget enacted last...

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...

Gov. Brian Kemp, center, is flanked by House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, right, and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan as he speaks during the State of the State address before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Atlanta.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Beyond teacher pay raise, agency cuts lurk in Georgia budget

Jan. 17, 2020 2:44 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — After budget cuts hit Georgia state finances this year, Gov. Brian Kemp's budget proposal for the upcoming year projects that happy days are here again — for some. Teachers and state employees making less than $40,000 a year would get a raise. Schools, colleges, universities and...

Pennsylvania state universities offer retirement incentive

Jan. 17, 2020 9:23 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The 14 Pennsylvania state universities hope to reduce the size of their faculties by offering an incentive for professors eligible for retirement. The State System of Higher Education's governing board on Thursday approved the plan to align staffing with the decrease in student...

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart, center, presents state spending priorities for public schools to a lead budget-writing committee in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, alongside state budget division Deputy Director Cinthia Martinez, left, and fiscal analyst Sunny Liu. Spending increases on K-12 education, early childhood programs and tuition-free college are under negotiation as legislators prepare for a 30-day session. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she'll consider red-flag gun legislation, proposals to legalize recreational marijuana and new incentives for localized renewable energy installations. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Legislature considers legal marijuana, tuition-free college

Jan. 16, 2020 5:18 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers will push plans to legalize marijuana, underwrite tuition-free college, respond to concerns about mass shootings and improve a beleaguered public education system during a 30-day legislative session that begins Tuesday. Political battle lines are forming on issues ranging...

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...

Gov. Brian Kemp, center, is flanked by House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, right, and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan as he salutes former U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., during the State of the State address before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Atlanta.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Kemp pushes teacher pay raise in Georgia State of the State

Jan. 16, 2020 3:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said raising teacher pay is one of his top goals as he gave his second annual State of the State address Thursday, a stance that could put him on a collision course with legislative leaders who want to cut income taxes. The Republican governor announced that his...