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New Mexico plans to replace public school grading system

[ad_1] SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials plan to abandon the A-F school grading system in favor of a structure that classifies schools by the amount of state and federal support they need. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the state Public Education Department plans to install a rating system that will put less weight on standardize test scores. Tim Hand, deputy secretary of the education department,
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Edwards recommends $30B budget that assumes forecast changes

[ad_1] BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards unveiled a $30 billion budget proposal Friday that would boost education and health care spending and give public school teachers pay raises, but relies on uncertain financing to make the numbers balance. The Democratic governor's spending recommendations for the 2019-20 budget year that begins July 1 represent a wish list of sorts, assuming Edwards will eventually break through a logjam
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Senate panel spikes bill to ban teaching on gender dysphoria

[ad_1] PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota Senate panel rejected a bill Friday that would have banned teaching about gender dysphoria in public schools through seventh grade. People with gender dysphoria suffer discomfort or distress due to the difference between their gender identity and gender at birth. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted against the measure, which passed the House last week. Republican Rep. Tom Pischke, the measure's sponsor,
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Round 2 of teacher strikes looks beyond pay and funding

[ad_1] Teachers in Oakland, California, hit the picket lines just as West Virginia teachers went back to class in a kind of coast-to-coast tag-team display of the national teacher unrest that in many places has moved beyond pay to politics, tackling issues like charter schools and vouchers. Call it round two of the teacher mobilizations that began last spring as grassroots revolts in conservative-leaning states over salaries and school funding.
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W.Va. House passes pay raise bill for teachers, others

[ad_1] CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates on Friday approved pay raises for teachers and public school service workers a day after they returned to classrooms following a two-day strike. The bill that passed the House 89-8 also includes raises for state police. The governor last fall requested the raises, which still need Senate approval. "This was a promise that was made to people who never
Education

Senate panel to debate limits on teaching gender dysphoria

[ad_1] PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota Senate panel plans to debate a measure that would ban teaching about gender dysphoria through seventh grade in public schools. The Senate State Affairs Committee is scheduled Friday to hear the bill. It passed through the House last week. Critics say the bill is discriminatory. People with gender dysphoria suffer discomfort or distress due to the discrepancy between their gender identity and
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Wisconsin Realtors revoke support for Hagedorn in court race

[ad_1] MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Realtors Association has revoked its endorsement of Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn and asked for its $18,000 donation to be returned following reports that he helped found a private elementary school that allows gay students to be expelled. The president and chief executive officer of the association, Michael Theo, issued a statement Monday saying that issues that served as the basis for
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Principal apologizes for Black History Month gym lesson

[ad_1] ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — A school principal is apologizing for a lesson that used the Underground Railroad as the basis for gym class activities. David Stewart is principal of Madison's Trust Elementary in Ashburn. He wrote a letter to parents calling the lesson "culturally insensitive to our students and families." Loudoun County Public Schools spokesman Wayde Byard said the gym class began with a lesson about the Underground Railroad
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US Education Secretary DeVos applauds SC school improvement

[ad_1] TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — During a trip to what's been called the "Corridor of Shame," an area that for years has been home to some of South Carolina's most underperforming school districts, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Thursday that she's impressed with developments after intervention from state officials. "I applaud the direction that the school and the district have taken to really meet the needs of individual
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New Mexico bill to boost school funding heads to House vote

[ad_1] SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democrat-led New Mexico House of Representatives is poised to approve a spending plan for the coming fiscal year that would channel a windfall of state income toward public education, infrastructure projects and pay raises for public officials. The House scheduled floor deliberations for Thursday on the $7 billion general fund budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1. It increases annual