Primary and secondary education

FILE - In this Thursday, May 30, 2019, file photo, Simone Kaplan, of Davie, Fla., hugs her mother, Alana, as she walks offstage after reaching the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md. The Scripps National Spelling Bee will have fewer participants in 2020, as organizers are reducing the number of wild-card entrants. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
December 10, 2019 - 9:06 am
The Scripps National Spelling Bee will have fewer participants next year. Whether it will have fewer champions remains to be seen. Six months after the bee ended in an unprecedented eight-way tie because organizers ran out of words that were difficult enough to trip up the best spellers, Scripps on...
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December 01, 2019 - 5:26 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A substitute teacher berated a Utah fifth grader after he said during a pre-Thanksgiving lesson that he was thankful he’s finally going to be adopted by his two dads, the parents said. The boy’s classmates said the teacher told him, “that’s nothing to be thankful for” and...
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Keith Gambill, president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, of Evansville, Ind., speaks to the thousands of Indiana teachers wearing red as they surrounded the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 for a rally calling for further increasing teacher pay in the biggest such protest in the state amid a wave of educator activism across the country. Teacher unions says about half of Indiana's nearly 300 school districts are closed while their teachers attend Tuesday's rally while legislators gather for 2020 session organization meetings.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
November 19, 2019 - 4:08 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Several thousand teachers wearing red surrounded the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday to call for better pay and more respect from the Republican-dominated state government in a protest that closed more than half of the state’s school districts for the day. The union-organized...
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Protestors use a rope to lower themselves from a pedestrian bridge to waiting motorbikes in order to escape from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the police in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
November 18, 2019 - 7:30 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. In yet another escalation for the movement,...
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Teresa Knapp Gordon, president of the Little Rock Education Association, speaks at a news conference outside Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas on Monday, November 11, 2019. Gordon announced the association's members will strike for one day in response to the state stripping the union of its collective bargaining power and over Arkansas' control of the Little Rock School District. (AP Photo/Andrew Demillo)
November 11, 2019 - 1:44 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock teachers will go on strike for one day this week over an Arkansas panel's decision to strip their collective bargaining power and complaints about state control of the 23,000-student district, union officials said Monday. The strike that will take place Thursday...
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November 08, 2019 - 3:09 pm
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Three football players at a Catholic high school in suburban Detroit should face charges after an investigation found some players were subjected to hazing involving a broomstick, police said Friday. The investigation began last week after all-boys De La Salle Collegiate said...
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FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2018, file photo a woman buys refills for her Juul at a smoke shop in New York. The e-cigarette maker Juul Labs said Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, that it will halt sales of its best-selling mint-flavored vaping pods. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
November 07, 2019 - 4:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Juul Labs said Thursday it will halt U.S. sales of its best-selling, mint-flavored electronic cigarettes as it struggles to survive a nationwide backlash against vaping. The voluntary step comes days after new government research showed that Juul is the top brand among high...
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Students say the Pledge of Allegiance on their first day back to class at Roswell B. Mason Elementary School on the South Side after a Chicago Teachers Union strike closed schools for 11 days, Friday morning, Nov. 1, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
November 01, 2019 - 8:01 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers and more than 300,000 students affected by an 11-day strike returned to classrooms Friday amid a tentative agreement that ended the walkout and is expected to shape education in the nation's third-largest city for the next five years. The outcome came at a cost,...
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Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates looks on as President Jesse Sharkey speaks to reporters at City Hall about the end of the teachers strike, Thursday afternoon, Oct. 31, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 31, 2019 - 10:51 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Chicago Public Schools teachers' strike (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Teachers say they're pleased and relieved to be going back to work after their union and the city reached an agreement to settle an 11-day strike. Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced a contract...
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey and vice-president Stacy Davis Gates share a hug after speaking to the media following a CTU House of Delegates meeting at the Chicago Teachers Union Center in Chicago. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune via AP)
October 31, 2019 - 5:53 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers and the nation's third-largest school district reached a labor contract deal on Thursday, ending a strike that canceled 11 days of classes for more than 300,000 students. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the district had reached a deal with the Chicago Teachers...
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