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  • 284 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

    SEOUL, South Korea — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving …


  • AP-NORC Poll: Parents back high-stakes testing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students’ and schools’ performances, …


  • School yoga tries to avoid religious controversy

    ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — Administrators of a California school district say they are being cautious as they launch what is believed to be the country’s most comprehensive yoga program for …


  • Global study of student scores a mixed bag for US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Students in the U.S. perform better than the global average, but still lag behind many of their peers in Asia and Europe, an international study found. Fourth-graders …


  • Cadet quits, cites overt religion at West Point

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A cadet quitting West Point less than six months before graduation says he could no longer be part of a culture that promotes prayers and religious …


  • DHS grant spending questioned amid budget woes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department paid for an underwater robot in a Midwest city with no major rivers or lakes nearby, a hog catcher in rural Texas and …


  • Scare prompts look at carbon monoxide detectors

    ATLANTA (AP) — It’s odorless, colorless and deadly. And if carbon monoxide is leaking in a school, it might not be detected until people are ill. A leak at an …


  • 5 states to increase class time in some schools

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Open your notebooks and sharpen your pencils. School for thousands of public school students is about to get quite a bit longer. Five states announced Monday that …


  • 5 states to increase class time in some schools

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Open your notebooks and sharpen your pencils. School for thousands of public school students is about to get quite a bit longer. Five states were to announce …


  • Hearing cancelled on Texas student IDs

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Locator chips embedded in student IDs by a Texas school district has set off a debate over privacy and religion after one student refused to participate. …


  • Suit targets ‘locator’ chips in Texas student IDs

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — To 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the tracking microchip embedded in her student ID card is a “mark of the beast,” sacrilege to her Christian faith — not …


  • Some states preserve penmanship despite tech gains

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pen may not be as mighty as the keyboard these days, but California and a handful of states are not giving up on handwriting entirely. …


  • Girl, 13, fatally shot on Miami-area school bus

    MIAMI (AP) — A 13-year-old girl was shot to death in front of her sister and several other students while riding the bus to a charter school Tuesday, Miami-Dade police …


  • Fourth-graders who flunk reading have faces marked

    DECLO, Idaho (AP) — A fourth-grade teacher in southern Idaho is being criticized after having her students use permanent markers to draw on the faces of classmates who failed to …


  • GOP senator outlines $68 billion in defense cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense spending could be slashed by $68 billion over 10 years if the military stopped spending millions on running grocery stores, operating its own schools and even …


  • Despite what they say, voters favor local taxes

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When it comes to new taxes, voters tend to say government should ask for money from somebody else, like the rich. But that doesn’t always hold …


  • Woman in Zumba prostitution case has defenders

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — The dance instructor accused of turning her Zumba studio into a place of prostitution was an honors high school student who attended college and ran dance …


  • Zumba instructor is a great mom, friend says

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — The dance instructor accused of turning her Zumba studio into a place of prostitution was an honors high school student who attended college and ran dance …


  • School finance case to focus on demographics shift

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ dramatically shifting demographics will be the focus Tuesday as attorneys representing about 600 school districts call their first witness in a trial in which the …


  • Lawsuits put Texas school finance system on trial

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorneys representing around 600 school districts argued Monday that Texas’ school financing system is so “hopelessly broken” that it violates the state Constitution while keeping students …


  • Texas schools head to trial over school finance

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — School districts argued in court Monday that Texas’ school finance system is so inefficient and unfair that it violates the state constitution. The schools were reacting …


  • Judge rules for cheerleaders in Bible banner suit

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge ruled Thursday that cheerleaders at an East Texas high school can display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games, saying the school district’s …


  • Chicago schools CEO replaced after 17 months

    CHICAGO (AP) — Just three weeks after the resolution of Chicago’s first teachers’ strike in a quarter-century, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to improve schools face more upheaval with the resignation …


  • Chicago schools CEO replaced after 17 months

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard stepped down Thursday after a little more than a year in the post and just three weeks after the school district …


  • Shuttle crossing provides a unique teaching moment

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the space shuttle Endeavour weaves through working-class communities on its way to its retirement home, Hildreth “Hal” Walker Jr. wants the children he tutors to …


  • Teachers make money selling materials online

    SEATTLE (AP) — Kristine Nannini spent her summer creating wall charts and student data sheets for her fifth grade class — and making $24,000 online by selling those same materials …


  • Texas test scandal ex-school chief gets 3.5 years

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge sentenced the former superintendent of El Paso Independent School District to more than three years in prison Friday for his participation in …


  • Texas test scandal ex-school chief faces 3.5 years

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A former superintendent is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for his part in a scheme to fraudulently improve high-stakes school testing scores in the El …


  • Teachers, bosses charged in NJ school sex scandal

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Three New Jersey high school teachers are charged with having improper sexual relationships with female students — and two administrators face charges for allegedly covering it …


  • Chicago teachers vote to approve 3-year contract

    CHICAGO (AP) — Members of the Chicago Teachers Union overwhelmingly have approved a new three-year contract that includes pay increases and a new evaluation system, union officials announced late Wednesday. …

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