TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida House committee voted Thursday for a broad school safety bill that would expand an existing guardian program to allow classroom teachers to volunteer to carry...
Tennessee lawmakers scale back charter school proposal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday significantly scaled back Gov. Bill Lee's pitch to make it easier to open high-quality charter schools and shutter poor performing...
Alaska board nominee Shaw withdraws nomination
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former Ketchikan school board president has withdrawn his nomination for a state judicial conduct commission.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy nominated Trevor Shaw for the Alaska...
Corporal punishment in schools would be banned with bill
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Spanking and other forms of corporal punishment would be permanently barred in North Carolina's public schools in legislation receiving bipartisan support on Tuesday now that...
Nebraska board considers statement on gender identity
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska school board is considering a proposed position statement that says gender identity and sexual orientation should not bar someone from access to education.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state school board is recommending that Ohio lawmakers give high school students more flexibility to earn a diploma through options not relying on standardized...
Burlington School Board fires former guidance director
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Burlington School Board has voted to fire a high school guidance director who lost his teaching license due to charges of unprofessional conduct.
Bill would limit Florida school board members to 8 years
TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation allowing voters to decide whether to limit Florida public school board members to eight years in office began moving forward Tuesday in the state...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' push to give Louisiana public schoolteachers a pay raise and school districts their first spending increase in years won support Tuesday from the...
Panel recommends repairing earthquake-damaged schools
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage School District committee is recommending a plan to repair two schools damaged by the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck south-central Alaska.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The Davenport Community School District has announced teacher and staff cuts for the upcoming school year, following budget cuts approved by the school board last...
OLD FORGE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school board has voted to remove its president over anti-Muslim posts on Facebook.
The Times-Tribune reports the Old Forge School Board voted 5-3...
CABOT, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont school board official says there could be options for school choice in the future despite voters rejecting a measure to close their local high school.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — School boards must ban any tobacco or other forms of nicotine products from all school property and school-sponsored events under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov....
ANDOVER, N.H. (AP) — Voters in a New Hampshire town have given swift approval to a school budget that saw an increase of about 3 percent from last year.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque Community Schools leaders are proposing that staffers be equipped with a panic button app on their smartphones that could alert co-workers and 911 dispatchers to an...
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The mother of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim who is now on the county school board is pushing to have the superintendent fired, saying he "has...
DALEVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana school district wants to revoke the charters of two virtual schools that face a host of concerns about their performance.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — The Springfield School Board has declared an emergency after the roof of Thurston High School's auxiliary gym collapsed.
State: School’s ‘football flu’ policy can be challenged
BURLINGTON CITY, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey school employee has won a round in a dispute over using a sick day during last year's Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory parade.
State defends school takeover law in Ohio Supreme Court case
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers didn't violate the Ohio Constitution or a procedural rule when they passed a law that shifted control of poor-performing school districts, the state argued in a new...
Teacher files suit over closed meeting to discuss strike
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teacher has filed a lawsuit over a closed meeting held by the Ohio County Board of Education.
News outlets report Ohio County Education Association...
Vermont school district considers budget increase
CLARENDON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont school district is looking at a 5 percent increase in its school budget for next year.
School Board Finance Committee Chair Andy Richards-Peele says $295,000...
Kentucky board probes safety, health issues at Deaf school
DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Board of Education is investigating reports of issues ranging from bed bugs to bad food at the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville.
Virginia school board delays ending transgender bathroom ban
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A school board in Virginia said Thursday that it won't take any immediate action to overturn its transgender student bathroom ban, making what appeared to be a change in course...
Ex-school board candidate arrested in sex trafficking case
SEATTLE (AP) — A one-time Edmonds school board candidate has been arrested in a sex-trafficking case after investigators said he groomed his children's former baby sitter and used "emotional and...
Board of Education approves security guards for 12 schools
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school board has approved placing security guards at 12 schools.
News outlets report the Cabell County Board of Education approved placing security...
Virginia district split over ending transgender bathroom ban
GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school district that has drawn national attention for its transgender bathroom ban appeared starkly divided Tuesday over the prospect of ending the policy,...
School board in Virginia may end transgender bathroom ban
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — For nearly four years, Gavin Grimm has been suing his former school district after it banned him from using the boys bathrooms in high school.
Along the way, he's became a national face for transgender rights. His case almost went to the U.S. Supreme Court. He graduated and moved to California but kept fighting.
Kentucky school district votes to close, merge with neighbor
SILVER GROVE, Ky. (AP) — The school board of Silver Grove, Kentucky, has voted to close and merge with the school district in Campbell County.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Silver Grove board voted for the merger Monday. The board also approved a tentative merger agreement requiring the county district consider Silver Grove's qualified personnel for vacant positions.
South Carolina Senate addresses ethics code in school bill
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina school board officials say including extensive codes of ethics in the education reform bill is unnecessary because they already abide by state ethic codes and the changes may sway people from being part of their local school governing bodies.
The Latest: Dixie school district to keep its name for now
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's Dixie School District considering a name change (all times local):
The Dixie School District in the California city of San Rafael has voted against changing its name that some have said is linked to the Confederacy and slavery but agreed to revisit the issue later.
Indiana school board rejects changes over drag queen program
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southwestern Indiana school board has rejected calls for the removal of its three library board appointees following criticism of an upcoming library program in which men in drag will read to children.
The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. Board of Trustees heard 45 minutes of emotional public comments Monday before rebuffing demands for it to replace the three appointees.
School board to discuss later school start times
EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school board is discussing later starting times for middle school and high school students.
Parkland mom: ‘I feel that Alyssa is still coming home’
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Every morning, Lori Alhadeff makes breakfast for her two boys, gets dressed and sprays on her daughter's Victoria's Secret perfume.
The scent is part of her armor, propelling her through her whirlwind of a day as she fields hundreds of emails and juggles two phones, a constant reminder of why she ran for and won a seat on the local school board, and started a foundation to make schools safer. Why she called out President Trump in a televised, gut-wrenching tirade.
Concord school officials plan to discuss class size policies
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Concord school board plans to discuss its current class size policy while two-thirds of Concord's kindergarten and elementary school classrooms are at or below enrollment targets.
School board member resigns over anti-Muslim Facebook post
PLUM, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Pittsburgh school board member criticized for an anti-Muslim Facebook post is resigning.
The Plum Borough School District board says they will meet on Saturday to accept the resignation of Brian Wisniewski.
His Feb. 1 post showed a picture of a white man in a cowboy hat holding a gun with the American flag as a backdrop with the words: "Does it worry anybody that we have three devout Muslims in Congress who have unlimited access to our TOP SECRET GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS?"
Utah school becomes latest to ditch Native American name
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sports teams will no longer be known as the "Redmen" at a southern Utah high school, becoming the latest to get rid of a Native American name deemed offensive despite opposition from some residents and a national American Indian group.
The Iron County School Board voted 3-2 Tuesday night to approve a recommendation from a committee that concluded Cedar High School should stop using the term that critics consider a racial slur.
Florida county to shutter schools due to Hurricane Michael
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida county suffering a population drop after being hit hard by Hurricane Michael has voted in favor of temporarily closing three elementary schools.
The Panama City News Herald reports that the Bay County School Board voted Tuesday to close the schools due to hurricane damage and enrollment drops.
Town to vote on whether to keep high school open
CABOT, Vt. (AP) — Residents in a Vermont town will once again vote on whether to keep the local high school open.
The Times Argus reports a petition was submitted to the Cabot school board last month to close down the high school and give students school choice.
Tomah School Board bans Confederate flag
TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — Tomah joins seven other schools in the Mississippi Valley Conference in banning the Confederate flag.
The Tomah School Board voted unanimously to approve the ban during a special meeting Monday.
Confederate flags and monuments have come under renewed scrutiny following the 2015 shooting of nine black church members in South Carolina and the 2017 deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
School officials to review student-teacher texting policy
WOODBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut school district is considering changing a policy to allow texting between students and teachers.
Glenn Jameson, a student at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, advocated for the change during a school board meeting in January.
The Republican-American reports Jameson said while the school's email system and online website work well, they don't compare to the speed of a text.
Native American group to Utah school: Keep “Redmen” mascot
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — A national Native American organization is urging a southern Utah high school to keep the "Redmen" mascot rather than change it over concerns about it being offensive.
Missouri student scores show struggle with new state testing
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Education officials are blaming a drop in the academic performance of Missouri students last year on the state changing its standardized testing and the threshold for passing four times in five years.
Bill defeated for drug testing of school boards, teachers
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Senate killed legislation that would require drug testing of teachers, administrators and school board members.
The Senate voted killed the two companion bills Thursday.
Education officials say the measures are likely unconstitutional and would be a big cost to school districts. They also say there is no evidence of widespread drug use by school officials in North Dakota.
School board member arrested in post-meeting altercation
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A school board member has been arrested after deputies say she screamed, cursed and pushed several people after a board meeting.
Richland County deputies said 51-year-old Monica Elkins-Johnson was charged Thursday with public disorderly conflict after investigators showed their findings to the state Attorney General's Office.
Deputies said in a statement Elkins-Johnson's actions were captured on video after a Jan. 22 Richland School District 2 meeting.
Portland school board reverses deal to fund school police
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland school board is headed back to the drawing board in its negotiations with city police to deploy nine full-time officers at its high schools.
School board clears student who unwittingly had fake money
MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia school board cleared a 12-year-old boy's record Wednesday after he tried to buy lunch with a counterfeit $20 bill that he didn't know was fake.
An attorney representing the student's family said the Henry County Board of Education reversed a hearing officer's decision to extend a five-day suspension by two more days. The student's record also was cleared.
Keisha Coleman, of the law firm McGuireWoods, said the family is glad the matter has been put to rest.