Holocaust education bill signed in Washington state
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Schools in Washington will be 'strongly encouraged' to teach students about the Holocaust under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee Friday, with advocates pointing to a...
Poland: Talks fail between striking teachers, government
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Unions representing Poland's public school teachers vowed to continue a nationwide strike after their latest round of pay negotiations with the government failed...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis second-grade teacher accused of spanking and slapping his students has been banned from teaching in Minnesota.
North Country teaching fellowship applicants sought
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for its Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship and Professional Development Scholarship programs.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Northern Arizona University officials have selected a longtime faculty member as their top pick for provost.
The Arizona Daily Sun reported Saturday that university...
Augustana University revives special ed master’s program
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A university in Sioux Falls is reviving a teaching program after a 20-year hold to help put a dent in the nationwide special education teaching shortage.
DETROIT (AP) — Jayne Polaski likes teaching on her own terms, which means choosing her days, and her school, before she heads to work.
"I like subbing. I like the versatility of it," said...
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — As a teacher in Idaho Falls School District 91 and with a second job as a server at Jakers Bar and Grill, some of Jess Marboe's workdays can last up to 15...
Florida Senate panel delays vote on school safety bill
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Senate committee has postponed consideration of broad school safety bill that would make some teachers eligible to carry weapons in the classroom.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An increase in enrollment at the University of Illinois system has sparked a move to hire hundreds of new faculty members, which the system's president says will improve...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A study has uncovered an acute shortage of teachers in parts of central and southern Illinois, leading to canceled classes, increasing class sizes, and substitute teachers...
Idaho high court says defamation can be implied
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court says individuals have the right to sue if they think someone implied — but didn't outright say — something defamatory.
ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) — Students in a Minneapolis suburb don't miss out on school instruction when the snow and cold weather keeps them at home because the districts has turned to digital...
APNewsBreak: Teach for America slammed over Oakland strike
Hundreds of Teach for America alumni are slamming the educator placement program for suggesting members should cross the picket line during a potential teacher strike in Oakland, California, or risk losing thousands of dollars at the end of their service.
More than 300 alumni signed the letter delivered Monday to Teach for America's leadership, asking it to stop "pressuring" young teachers to break a strike that could come next week.
Report shows 30,000 Oklahoma teachers have left profession
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new State Department of Education report shows about 30,000 Oklahoma teachers, or 10 percent of the teaching workforce, have left the profession in the last six years.
The report released Tuesday shows Oklahoma's exodus compares to a national rate of 7.7 percent.
Multicultural education reforms advance in Legislature
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in this heavily Native American and Hispanic state pushed initiatives Monday to improve academic achievement among minority students and revitalize local linguistic and cultural traditions.
A House panel unanimously endorsed a trio of bills that would expand training for teachers of English as a second language and bilingual instructors, while enlisting an existing network of teacher cooperatives to collaborate with local Native American tribes.
Gay rights group takes issue with Karen Pence’s new employer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence's return to teaching at a Virginia school that lists "homosexual or lesbian sexual activity" as among the disqualifying criteria for employees is drawing criticism from the nation's largest gay rights advocacy group.
The office of the vice president's wife said it was "absurd" to attack both her decision to resume teaching art to elementary students as well as the school's religious doctrine.
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Superintendent backs possible bonus to boost teacher skills
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine says he supports a possible one-time pay incentive for teachers to improve their math education and teaching skills.
Audit: Some Tennessee teachers didn’t have proper licenses
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state audit says a Tennessee public school district placed teachers in classrooms without proper licensing or endorsements.
The Tennessean reported Thursday that the audit looked at Cheatham County School District practices from 2014 to 2018 and found it didn't comply with the state's teacher licensing policy.
Math portion of NC teacher licensing exam could be replaced
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The math test that nearly 2,400 elementary and special education teachers have failed in their bids to secure their licenses might be phased out in a matter of months.
The Charlotte Observer reports a report presented to the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission last week found the licensing exam's math portion wasn't indicative of effective teaching.
Professor union says pop-up course change will hurt students
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine professors' union says a public university's decision to enact tighter controls on pop-up courses will penalize students.
The University of Southern Maine is instituting the controls over pop-up courses following a course that proposed giving students credit for protesting against Republican Sen. Susan Collins. One of the changes is that funding for pop-up courses will only come from internal sources, and not grants.
Governor proposes pay boost for teachers
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam outlined parts of his upcoming state budget proposal Tuesday that — if passed — would include a historic pay boost for state teachers.
Northam wants to spend $88 million to boost a 3 percent pay raise for teachers scheduled to take effect July 1, kicking it up to 5 percent. The governor said Virginia is lagging the national average for teach pay by about $9,000 a year and is paying for it with high teacher turnover.
Teacher fundraising to bring LGBTQ training to Greeley
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Kelly Cook has been teaching in Greeley for 16 years and feels she's always been an ally for her students. But Cook recently realized she hasn't been doing enough.
Last summer, Cook went to a seminar run by two women at the University of Colorado Boulder: A Queer Endeavor.
"It changed my life," she said. "When you're 40 and something changes your life you sit up and pay attention."
Brown University graduate students decide to unionize
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University graduate students have voted to unionize.
A four-day secret ballot election ended Monday at the Ivy League campus in Providence. About 60 percent of the nearly 1,000 students who voted favored joining the American Federation of Teachers.
About 1,250 teaching assistants, proctors and research assistants were eligible to vote.
Everyone in positions covered by the bargaining unit will be represented as the union negotiates employment terms.
South Carolina teachers complain of testing, low pay
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Educators in South Carolina have told state lawmakers that constant student testing is one of the biggest roadblocks they face.
A Senate panel met Wednesday to get ideas on how to deal with a teacher shortage in South Carolina, news outlets reported. Nearly 5,000 teachers quit public school classrooms in South Carolina last year.
Correction: Obit-Civil Rights Lawyer story
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story Oct. 30 about the death of Michael Trister, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Trister had invited U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy to speak at the University of Mississippi in March 1966. Trister did not start work at the university until the fall of 1966.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Lawyer in civil rights struggle, Michael Trister, dies at 77
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Amazon’s new goal: Teach 10 million kids a year to code
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants to get more kids thinking about becoming computer engineers.
The company launched a program Thursday that aims to teach more than 10 million students a year how to code. Amazon said it will pay for summer camps, teacher training and other initiatives to benefit kids and young adults from low-income families who might not have learned to code otherwise. It hopes the programs spur more black, Hispanic and female students to study computer science.
State board recommends changes to teacher licensing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education has approved proposals to expand the teacher workforce.
The board voted this week to seek legislative changes to make it less cumbersome for qualified professionals to move into teaching careers.
The recommendations stem from a yearlong study involving focus groups, data analysis and research review. The findings were released last month in the Teach Illinois report .
University of Michigan: Faculty views can’t affect students
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan officials say they are working to ensure that faculty members' political views won't affect their responsibilities to students after two instructors decided not to recommend students for a study programs in Israel.
Lawrence district, teachers union to meet with mediator
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A mediator will meet Wednesday with negotiators for the Lawrence school district and its teachers union to try and reach a teaching contract for this school year.
Nebraska governor rejects rule change for potential teachers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has rejected a rule change that would've adjusted the passing threshold of an exam required for admission into the state's teacher colleges.
Idaho high court considers ‘defamation by inference’ lawsuit
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court heard arguments Friday in a case that could determine whether individuals have the right to sue if they think someone implied — but didn't outright say — something defamatory.
School days: Florida candidates differ widely on education
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Clashing on everything from private school vouchers to education spending, Florida's two main contenders for governor have laid out vastly different promises when it comes to the state's schools.
Republican Ron DeSantis, who did not lay out very detailed plans prior to winning the August primary, vowed Tuesday to expand the state's private school voucher program while at the same time pledging to spend more on classrooms by making cuts elsewhere in the education budget.
Teacher shortage affecting schools in Bulgaria set to deepen
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — As Bulgarian children returned to school on Monday, 400 teaching positions remain unfilled across the country and Bulgaria's teachers' union predicts that the country's shortage of teachers will reach nearly 40,000 by 2026.
Officials say low wages — currently around 380 euros ($444) a month — and other factors are making it difficult to attract young people to the profession. Only 8 percent of all teachers in Bulgaria are younger than 35 and their average age is 50.
Prominent health policy expert resigns over plagiarism claim
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A prominent health policy expert at Dartmouth College resigned after being accused of plagiarizing the work of other professors for a paper published in a prestigious journal.
H. Gilbert Welch sent an email to colleagues Thursday saying he was saddened to resign. He maintained that the dispute was over authorship, not the validity of the work.
Purdue Global eliminates faculty confidentiality agreement
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University's nonprofit online program will no longer require faculty to sign confidentiality agreements following criticism from a national group of professors.
Durango school breaks down age barriers by mixing classes
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A teacher at The Juniper School in Durango might help a student in the morning, but in the afternoon, the assistance might come from a classmate, maybe a grade ahead or another student who has a particular knack for writing or math.
Local educator trained on how to teach the Holocaust
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Melinda Neely is striving to create lessons that will engage and promote students' understanding of Holocaust history.
Neely, a English and reading teacher at South Middle School, was one of 226 teachers nationwide selected to attend a Holocaust education conference this July at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Oklahoma approves record number of emergency teachers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Education has approved a record number of emergency certificates for non-traditionally trained teachers.
The Oklahoman reports that the board approved 916 certificates at Thursday's board meeting, increasing the total number of certificates approved for the 2018-19 school year to 2,153.
Kentucky removes master’s degree requirement for teachers
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A requirement that teachers obtain master's degrees has been removed by Kentucky officials.
News outlets report the state Education Professional Standards Board voted Monday to waive the condition for teachers to move from Rank III to Rank II. Teachers were required to earn Rank II through a board-approved master's degree program in their first 10 years of teaching.
Why Mississippi teachers are crowdfunding classrooms
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Kristy Clark taught in the Hancock County School District on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for 15 years, but she decided to stop teaching in the spring of 2017.
She said there are several things she will miss about being in the classroom — and a lot of things she won't miss at all.
One of the biggest grievances for Clark, she said, was having to use her own money to buy school supplies and classroom materials for her students.
Teachers’ union runs makeshift supply store in Davenport
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A teachers' union is operating a makeshift store in Davenport offering new teachers free or discounted classroom supplies ahead of the new school year.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Teresa A. Sullivan's books are still on their shelves at her Madison Hall office at the University of Virginia. She hasn't yet taken down teaching awards or decided which papers will stay in Charlottesville and which will go with her on a yearlong sabbatical to the University of Texas.
Oklahoma panhandling teacher returns 1 year later
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa teacher who was launched into the spotlight last year after panhandling for money to buy school supplies is back on the streets to advocate for teachers and collect supplies.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis schools are trying a new approach to hiring teachers as Missouri districts face a teacher shortage.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new Michigan law eliminates a requirement that teachers take the SAT, the standardized test commonly used in college admissions.
The test was required for people who wanted to become certified to teach in Michigan. But critics say it's not a good indicator of a successful teacher.
Rauner signs law aimed at easing teaching shortage
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law making it easier for qualified teachers to be certified to teach in Illinois.
The Republican governor took the action Friday to stem a growing teacher shortage.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York court has thrown out new rules that would have let some charter schools certify teachers with less instruction and classroom practice than required by the state.
Acting State Supreme Court Justice Debra Young ruled Tuesday that under New York education law, only the education commissioner and Board of Regents can set teacher certification standards.