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Republican lawmakers target Arizona school boards group

Jan. 19, 2022 14:46 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona School Boards Association, which successfully sued the Arizona Legislature to invalidate key parts of the state budget last year, is now being targeted by Republican lawmakers who have long opposed its efforts to lobby for local school boards. A...

Judge to decide lawsuit alleging admissions discrimination

Jan. 18, 2022 15:17 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An elite public high school in northern Virginia discriminated against Asian American families when it overhauled its admissions policies amid a push to increase Black and Hispanic representation at the school, lawyers argued Tuesday. A federal judge in...

SC superintendents resign under the pressure of COVID

Jan. 15, 2022 00:04 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dorchester School District Two Superintendent Joe Pye fought back tears as a group of elementary students read him goodbye letters while crowded together in a reading nook. The goodbye letters were part of a class activity first and second grade students at Beech Hill...

Texas school trustee's remarks on Black teachers draw ire

Jan. 13, 2022 18:11 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area school board member is facing calls to resign after he linked more Black teachers to lower school district performance in response to a presentation on an audit of the district’s equity and culture. In comments Monday during the school board's work...

State education board keeps 36-hour virtual learning rule

Jan. 13, 2022 16:50 PM EST

NORMANDY, Mo. (AP) — School districts struggling with staff absences because of COVID-19 are facing difficult decisions about how to provide the required number of instruction hours while being limited in the number of hours of virtual learning permitted. The state allows school...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jan. 12, 2022 16:07 PM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. January 12, 2022. Editorial: Be Deliberate With Charter Schools A legislative watchdog group that analyzes the performance of state agencies recently released a report about the funding of charter schools in Mississippi and the board that...

Indiana lawmakers get pushback on partisan school board bill

Jan. 11, 2022 17:04 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — School board members from across Indiana voiced opposition Tuesday to a Republican-backed proposal that would add political party identifications to what are now nonpartisan school board elections throughout the state. The bill’s author, Republican Rep. J.D....

Cheyenne schools vote 4-3 to lift COVID-19 mask requirement

Jan. 11, 2022 15:40 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — School officials in Wyoming's capital have voted to lift a mask mandate and reduce COVID-19 isolation requirements. The mask requirement for students and teachers, which had been in place since September, will be lifted Jan. 21 after Monday's 4-3 vote by the...

Mask resistance remains strong despite latest COVID-19 surge

Jan. 11, 2022 14:03 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita school board meeting was canceled when new members refused to wear masks and elected officials in the Topeka area rejected a plea from health officials to mandate them. Even as a surge in COVID-19 cases has strained hospitals and sent absences soaring...

Amid pandemic, just 25% of students took statewide tests

Jan. 07, 2022 18:51 PM EST

California’s Department of Education said Friday that only 25% of students took statewide assessment tests in 2020-21 as schools scrambled to administer the exams in the midst of the pandemic. The low participation rate makes it impossible to know the full extent of learning loss...