RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Members of North Carolina's leading teacher advocacy group criticized on Tuesday a proposed overhaul of public school instructor pay and licensing, saying that implementing such changes would make existing classroom staffing challenges even worse.
BECKER, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota school district is clashing with the teachers union and LGBTQ allies over a proposed policy that opponents say would undermine equity and inclusion.
The proposal by three Becker school board members prohibits “political indoctrination or the teaching of inherently divisive concepts," in the district's schools.
MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is using federal COVID-19 relief money to give teachers another $125 to buy school supplies, months after issuing a similar stipend.
Kemp, a Republican running for reelection, made the announcement Friday at Ola High School in Henry County before teachers preparing for school to start next week.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Teachers of core subjects — English, math, science and social studies — are eligible for a $7,500 hiring bonus in the East Baton Rouge Parish school district.
The move comes as the system continues to struggle to staff schools for the upcoming year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years ago, the Texas Republican Party used its platform to oppose teaching critical thinking in schools. In 2014, it declared homosexuality a chosen behavior contrary to God and endorsed “reparative therapy” to reverse it.
PHOENIX (AP) — Kari Lake, a former television anchor leading the GOP field in the campaign for Arizona governor, called Thursday for higher teacher salaries and an expansion of school choice options for parents.
MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A school system in suburban Kansas City is eliminating over 100 jobs, including kindergarten aides and library clerks. Oakland, California, is closing seven schools. Other districts around the country are merging classrooms, selling buildings and leaving teaching positions unfilled in order to close budget gaps.
CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is projecting strength and gathering endorsements from fellow Republicans on a bill-signing tour ahead of his primary matchup against former U.S.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday advanced legislation to ban a list of “divisive concepts” from being taught in K-12 classrooms and state worker training, including that anyone should feel “a sense of guilt, complicity, or a need to work harder” because of their race or gender.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio educators would be banned from teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, under newly introduced Republican legislation that mirrors a recently passed Florida law dubbed “Don't Say Gay” by critics.
MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) — Alabama lawmakers return to Montgomery on Tuesday with a number of large issues to be decided in the closing days of the legislative session.
Legislators expect to conclude the session next week.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are poised to approve the largest pay raises in a generation for experienced public school teachers in an effort to keep educators from leaving state classrooms.
ATLANTA (AP) — Some retired Georgia teachers could return to the classroom full time while still collecting state pensions under a bill given final approval Tuesday by the state Senate.
Senators voted 50-1 for House Bill 385, sending it to Gov.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A spam filter blocked as many as 70,000 emails sent to Indiana legislators about a contentious bill that aimed to place restrictions on teaching about racism and political topics.
CHARLESTON W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Republican lawmakers on Thursday advanced a bill that would prevent the teaching in public schools that any race is superior to another or that students should feel guilty because of their race.
SEATTLE (AP) — Teachers who lacked proper accreditation taught at charter schools in Seattle and Tacoma, in violation of state rules, a Washington state audit has found.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers on Monday removed universities from being targeted in a bill that would dictate how lessons on race and identity can be taught in school after college professors roundly criticized the legislation.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s K-12 students will see a greater focus on race and ethnicity, including Native American history, in their curriculum over the next two years under new standards aimed at making social studies teaching more culturally responsive.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Teachers in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools could go on strike as soon as Tuesday over demands for higher wages, smaller class sizes and more mental health services, in twin walkouts that could shut more than 60,000 students out of classes.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will begin to offer equal pay to dozens of Indigenous language teachers as part of a new law aimed at improving K-12 education for Native American students and preserving their languages and cultures.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Education is providing 15 new math coaches to 30 Kindergarten through 8th Grade public schools to give instructional support to teachers and improve student outcomes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Neither the state nor school districts could require or compel Ohio teachers to affirm a belief in the systemic nature of racism or “the multiplicity or fluidity of gender identities,” under the latest version of a bill in the Ohio House restricting how the topic of racism and other concepts are taught in K-12 schools.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are halfway through their three-month session. Here are some issues still being considered:
TEACHER SALARIES — The House and Senate have passed separate plans to increase some of the lowest teacher salaries in the nation.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Friday vetoed a Republican bill that would have prohibited Wisconsin public schools from teaching students and training employees about concepts such as systemic racism and implicit bias.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — As schools scramble to find enough substitute teachers to keep classrooms running through the latest surge of the coronavirus, some experts warn there are longer-term problems with the teacher pipeline that cannot be solved with emergency substitutes, bonuses and loosened qualifications.
With teacher absences mounting and substitutes in short supply, parents may be wondering: Who's teaching the kids?
The answer around the U.S. could be a local police officer, National Guard soldier, state budget analyst, parent or recent high school graduate — nearly anyone willing to help keep schools' doors open through the omicron-driven staffing crunch.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature advanced a bill Wednesday that would increase the minimum salaries of some fluent Indigenous language speakers who teach the languages to children in schools but are not state certified teachers.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin public schools would be prohibited from teaching students and training employees about concepts such as systemic racism and implicit bias under a Republican bill the state Senate sent to Gov.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is the first state in the nation to ask National Guard troops to serve as substitute teachers as preschools and K-12 public schools struggle to keep classrooms open amid surging COVID-19 infections.
DENVER (AP) — Diane Santorico was a year shy of completing her third decade as a teacher when the profession that once gave her so much joy nearly stole all of it.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Indiana are rolling back the language in a series of bills they said would increase transparency around school curricula, after the proposals drew national attention and widespread opposition.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago schools will expand COVID-19 testing and have standards to switch schools to remote learning under a hard-fought tentative deal approved by teachers' union leaders.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago school leaders canceled class a fourth day in the nation’s third-largest district as negotiations with the teachers’ union over remote learning and other COVID-19 safety protocols failed to produce an agreement over the weekend.
CHICAGO (AP) — Leaders of the nation’s third-largest school district canceled classes for a third consecutive day as heated negotiations continued with the Chicago Teachers Union over remote learning and other COVID-19 safety measures.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Principals, superintendents and counselors are filling in as substitutes in classrooms as the surge in coronavirus infections further strains schools that already had been struggling with staffing shortages.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago school leaders canceled classes for a second straight day after failing to reach an agreement Wednesday with the teachers union over remote learning and other COVID-19 safety protocols in the nation's third-largest school district.
CHICAGO (AP) — Public school students in Chicago returned to classes Monday after winter break, but the latest COVID-19 surge has escalated a fight between the district and teachers union over safety protocols that could disrupt classes in the nation's third-largest district later this week.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Nancy Worley, who served four years as Alabama’s secretary of state before later becoming the longtime chair of the state Democratic party until her 2019 ouster during a power struggle, has died at the age of 70.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Commotion in some school districts over topics ranging from COVID-19 mask mandates to teaching about racial injustice has Indiana Republican lawmakers looking at steps they argue will give parents more sway over what happens in classrooms.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tiffany Hatch isn’t quite a unicorn, but a new state audit suggests she’s done something nearly half of her teaching cohort hasn’t: stuck it out in the profession.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire teacher's union, several educators and parents sued the state's top education, human rights and law enforcement officials Monday over a state law that limits the discussion of systemic racism and other topics, saying it curtails speech, limits the free exchange of ideas and hurts students.
When COVID-19 forced Claire Mansur to teach her fourth-grade reading students online instead of in the classroom, she thought about giving up as a teacher.
Students at Gladstone Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri, which serves a large population of immigrants and refugees, weren’t logging on to her virtual lessons.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University quietly fired one professor, suspended another who resigned a few months later and allowed a third to remain on the job after it determined they committed sexual misconduct in separate incidents with students, according to disciplinary records.
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia school system has settled with a gym teacher who sued over the district's policy requiring teachers to address transgender students by their pronouns.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s second-largest teachers union is angry over a state website that makes it easier for parents and students to report teachers for violating a law adopted in response to critical race theory.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A school board in Oregon that recently banned teachers from displaying symbols including those supporting gay pride and Black Lives Matter has abruptly fired the superintendent, deeply upsetting members who opposed the move.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is again proposing to increase teacher wages and to provide another round of bonuses, he announced Wednesday.
DeSantis held a news conference at a Jacksonville school to highlight education budget proposals, which still need to be approved by the Legislature.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Katie Lee graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in communications last spring, but as summer started, she hadn’t yet found a job.
At the gym, she was talking with the new principal at Craig Middle School, Sara Linsacum, and she suggested Lee should try teaching, potentially filling one of the district’s openings amid the pandemic.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta public school officials are offering a $3,000 bonus to try to recruit new teachers for additional virtual classes.
The district announced the hiring bonus recently amid a jump in the number of students seeking online instruction, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Special education teachers in Indiana will be required to be fully licensed or meet new requirements for provisional licensing after Indiana officials said the state issued thousands of emergency special education teaching permits in violation of federal law over the last four years.