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GOP election rules advance, include releasing ballot images

Jan. 24, 2022 21:21 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Lawmakers considering election bills heard Monday from a leading Republican candidate for Arizona governor and a number of people who worked on the Senate GOP's partisan 2020 ballot review who urged the Legislature to adopt a series of bills changing the way elections are...

Idaho official defends state's education system to lawmakers

Jan. 24, 2022 18:24 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A top Idaho education official on Monday gave a full-throated defense of the state's public education system that in recent years has come under attack by far-right-wing lawmakers seeking to cut financial support. Idaho State Board of Education President Kurt...

House OKs plan to put teachers on state health insurance

Jan. 24, 2022 17:36 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation allowing Idaho K-12 teachers to take home more of their paychecks by giving school districts an opportunity to leave private health care carriers and join the state’s self-funded health insurance plan cleared the House on Monday and headed to the Senate. ...

Youngkin faces new lawsuit as Virginia mask order kicks in

Jan. 24, 2022 17:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin was facing a new legal challenge over his executive action that aimed to let parents opt out of school mask mandates as his order took effect Monday but was ignored by some districts. Youngkin issued the order as one of...

Jackson water woes exacerbated by cold blast, broken pipes

Jan. 24, 2022 16:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Parts of Mississippi's capital city have had little or no water pressure in recent days because of broken pipes and problems at a water treatment plant. Areas with higher elevation in south Jackson have been most affected. Problems started Thursday after a...

Teacher raises, new Baton Rouge bridge in Edwards' budget

Jan. 24, 2022 16:51 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than $148 million for Louisiana teacher pay raises, $500 million toward construction of a new Mississippi River bridge at Baton Rouge, and a $550 million replenishment of the state's pandemic-battered unemployment trust fund are part of the new state budget proposal...

Chicago substitute charged with groping himself in class

Jan. 24, 2022 10:56 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A substitute teacher has been charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child after he allegedly touched himself inappropriately in front of students in a Chicago elementary school classroom. James Ruml, 29, of Chicago, turned himself in last week and...

House committee approves bill requiring teacher salary boost

Jan. 24, 2022 10:55 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota House committee on Monday approved a proposal to prod school districts to use most of their boost in state funding for teachers' salaries. The Republican-dominated committee approved the bill on an eight to six vote, sending it to debate on the...

Graduation rates dip across US as pandemic stalls progress

Jan. 24, 2022 08:14 AM EST

High school graduation rates dipped in at least 20 states after the first full school year disrupted by the pandemic, suggesting the coronavirus may have ended nearly two decades of nationwide progress toward getting more students diplomas, an analysis shows. The drops came despite...

LA schools to require students to wear non-cloth face masks

Jan. 23, 2022 18:03 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District said it will prohibit students from wearing cloth masks as the highly transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread. Starting Monday, students must wear “well-fitted, non-cloth masks with a nose wire”...