Latest Primary and secondary education News

New Mexico governor wants free lunch for all students K-12

Dec. 07, 2022 02:30 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants New Mexico to help provide school lunches without charge to all K-12 students across the state. Lujan Grisham spokeswoman Nora Meyers Sackett confirmed Tuesday that the governor will pursue legislation when lawmakers meet in...

Taliban allow high school graduation exams for Afghan girls

Dec. 07, 2022 00:28 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghan girls will be allowed to take their high school graduation exams this week, an official and documents from the Taliban government indicated Tuesday — even though they have been banned from classrooms since the former insurgents took over the country last year. ...

New Mexico eyes overhaul of HS graduation requirements

Dec. 06, 2022 21:05 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — High schoolers in New Mexico could one day need fewer class-unit credits to get their diploma, as state legislators began to overhaul graduation requirements Tuesday for consideration by lawmakers in early 2023. New Mexico has gone about 20 years since the...

Iowa school district agrees to deal with racial harassment

Dec. 06, 2022 15:06 PM EST

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — A southeast Iowa school district failed to protect a Black student from pervasive racial harassment and now must take steps to help the student and ensure it responds appropriately to any future racist actions, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The...

Scrutinized charter school group to apply again in Tennessee

Dec. 06, 2022 13:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A contentious charter school operator linked to a conservative Michigan college is taking another swing at opening schools in three Tennessee counties that have previously rejected them, as well as in two new counties. The letters of intent to apply to run...

Vandalism at Missouri elementary school includes a swastika

Dec. 06, 2022 12:05 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Police in Springfield, Missouri, are investigating after a swastika was sprayed on an elementary school during a vandalism spree. The vandalism at York Elementary School, which is under construction, was found on Saturday morning, police spokeswoman Cris...

Minnesota board accepts anti-drug aid for minority students

Dec. 05, 2022 22:16 PM EST

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A southern Minnesota school district voted Monday to accept a $1.1 million state grant meant to help curb drug use among students of color, after a pair of board members had delayed accepting the money last month by arguing it could discriminate against white students. ...

Kentucky's Dem governor files for red-state reelection bid

Dec. 05, 2022 19:07 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Fresh off an event trumpeting Kentucky's largest-ever economic development project, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear filed for reelection Monday, touting his work to increase jobs, expand health care and support teachers during a term marred by a pandemic and deadly storms. ...

Former Education Secretary King named SUNY chancellor

Dec. 05, 2022 17:43 PM EST

Former U.S. Education Secretary John King Jr. has been appointed chancellor of the State University of New York, the nation's largest university system, SUNY announced Monday. King is scheduled to begin in January at a salary of a $750,000. The appointment marks a return to New York...

Christmas tree farm closing after this holiday season

Dec. 04, 2022 03:12 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — For more than a generation, the Unicorn Hill Christmas Tree Farm has played host to countless holiday memories. Families select their tree from six different varieties of pine, cut it down and have it strapped to their car’s roof for a ride to its new home. ...