Primary and secondary education

FILE - In this June 22, 2012, file photo, a smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to about 14 percent in 2017, according to new data released by the government Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 19, 2018 - 12:59 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low. About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show. There hadn't been much change the previous two years, but it's been clear there's been a general decline and...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2018 file photo, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaks to his supporters as he enters a runoff with Brian Kemp during an election-night watch party in Gainesville, Ga. Representatives of the Walmart company heirs deny any involvement in the Georgia governor's race after Cagle was secretly recorded saying that he backed a favorable school choice law in the state because he claimed that there was campaign money from the Walton family's non-profit foundation at stake. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland, File)
June 15, 2018 - 5:36 pm
Representatives of the Walmart company heirs deny any involvement in the Georgia governor's race after a candidate was secretly recorded saying he backed a school choice law because campaign money from the family's non-profit foundation was at stake. Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle admits making...
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June 15, 2018 - 3:13 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Yelp is shutting down accounts used by a Boston teacher to post rave restaurant reviews written by her third-grade students. The reviews were part of an assignment designed to teach students at the Boston Teachers Union School about opinion writing. They described some restaurants...
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FILE - This June 8, 2007 file photo shows a glass of milk on a table during a family breakfast in Montgomery, Ala. Nearly 20 years ago, about nearly half of high school students said they drank at least one glass of milk a day. But now it’s down to less than a third, according to a survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
June 14, 2018 - 7:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they're drinking less milk, too. Less than one-third of high school students drink a glass of milk a day, according to a large government survey released Thursday. About two decades ago, it was nearly half...
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FILE - In this May 26, 2018 file photo, collectors exchange World Cup stickers for their albums at a trading event outside the Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sticker book popularity has spread as the World Cup nears its opening in Russia on June 14, despite sticker prices nearly doubling in some countries, including Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
June 11, 2018 - 3:52 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — Eighth-grade teacher Ari Mascarenhas could have picked high-tech gadgets or modern apps to help his students learn Portuguese, but he instead went old school with the World Cup sticker book. He's been a fan since 1986 — when he was 8 — and the attraction for the collectibles has...
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In this June 5, 2018, photo, mathematics teacher Heather LaBelle, seated, shows Roger Baker how to gather signatures for the Invest in Education Act, a proposal to raise money on high earners to fund public education in Phoenix, Ariz. LaBelle, like many of the teachers in the #RedforEd movement that triggered a six-day statewide teacher walkout, says while improving teacher pay is one step toward better schools, more funding is needed for public education. (AP Photo/Melissa Daniels)
June 08, 2018 - 2:16 am
PHOENIX (AP) — On a hot Arizona evening under a park pavilion, math teacher Heather LaBelle handed out petitions for a ballot initiative that would increase taxes on wealthy residents to get funding for schools. Later that night, her school board voted to give her and her fellow teachers an average...
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June 05, 2018 - 3:09 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah junior high teacher is on leave after she instructed her students to read the lyrics of an Eminem song that slams President Donald Trump. Park City School District spokeswoman Melinda Colton said Tuesday that the teacher was put on leave last week after a handful of...
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June 05, 2018 - 12:53 pm
ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city's board of education says its schools may have to close nearly two weeks early amid a dispute over funding. An attorney for Ansonia's Board of Education says it will be half a million dollars short of what it needs to meet payroll obligations because of city...
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FILE--In this Jan. 15, 2014, file photo, Colorado state Democratic Senator Mike Johnston listens to testimony during a committee hearing at the Capitol, in Denver. Education is a subterranean divide between Democrats running for governor in two states this year. In California, supporters of charter schools and other "reform" initiatives have given more than $20 million to former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's bid, while in Colorado Democrats are similarly divided between a more traditional candidate backed by teachers unions and two others who've pushed school innovations. But the split has been overwhelmed by other red-meat Democratic issues like guns and Trump. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
June 03, 2018 - 12:07 pm
DENVER (AP) — A subterranean divide among Democrats between backers of teachers unions and those of charter schools and other education innovations is helping shape key gubernatorial primaries, even as red-meat issues like guns, inequality and President Donald Trump have dominated the races. In...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, a Walmart employee scans items while conducting an exercise during a Walmart Academy class session at the store in North Bergen, N.J. Walmart is offering its employees a new perk: affordable access to a college degree. America’s largest private employer, which in the past has helped its workers get their high school or equivalency degree, hopes the new benefit will help it recruit and retain higher quality entry-level employees in a tight U.S. labor market. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
May 30, 2018 - 12:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is offering its employees a new perk: affordable access to a college degree. America's largest private employer, which in the past has helped its workers get their high school or equivalency degrees, hopes the new benefit will help it recruit and retain higher quality entry-...
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