Month: February 2018

UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. ― All of West Virginia’s schools will remain closed on Thursday, despite a tentative deal between union leaders and Gov. Jim Justice earlier in the week. Many teachers had taken to the halls of the state’s Capitol during a “cooling off” period to voice their ongoing frustration with the negotiations. It will be
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Florida’s Republican-controlled state House and Senate advanced bills this week that would train teachers to carry guns in classrooms, advancing GOP calls for more weapons in schools following the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The legislature’s package, approved by committees in both chambers, would devote $67 million to establish school “marshals” ― teachers
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West Virginia officials reached a tentative deal Tuesday to end the strike by teachers and other public employees that closed schools across the state for four days, according to Republican Gov. Jim Justice. At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Justice said the state agreed to give teachers and other school personnel a 5 percent raise
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By Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report WASHINGTON — A bill proposed by Republicans in the House of Representatives could change the college-financing system dramatically, moving billions of dollars out of financial aid programs. If H.R. 4508, becomes law, college affordability would go from bad to worse, say many higher education experts, and students from low-income
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South Carolina state Rep. Steven Long (R) announced a contest on Monday to give handguns away to educators. In an effort to support state legislation that calls for arming teachers, Long said he was hosting a raffle for teachers to win firearms and obtain their concealed weapons permits. He also launched a fundraiser for individuals to
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High school students protesting gun violence have found an ally in university admissions officials. A growing number of university admissions officials are showing their support to applicants in high school who are disciplined by their administrators for participating in gun violence protests. Support for these students came this week after school administrators threatened to discipline
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West Virginia educators stood united this week in a statewide two-day strike that closed schools in all 55 school districts, and brought an estimated 6,000 teachers and education support professionals to the state Capitol to rally outside lawmakers’ offices. “The anger is out there,” said West Virginia Education Association Dale Lee. “When thousands of people
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The U.S. Department of Education’s civil rights division saw a significant increase in the number of complaints it received regarding racial harassment in schools, including post-secondary institutions, in 2017, according to data the department provided to HuffPost. The increase represents the biggest rise in this category since at least 2009, the earliest consecutive year for
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President Donald Trump doubled down on his suggestion that arming teachers could help prevent school shootings on Thursday, adding that those trained to use firearms could receive extra pay. During a White House meeting with law enforcement officials, Trump proposed for the second time in the last two days that some teachers, “certain highly adept people,
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President Donald Trump elaborated on his proposal to arm 20 percent of teaching staff at schools in a series of tweets Thursday. Trump first made the proposal during a listening session with students and parents affected by mass shootings, including some from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed
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In the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students and other activists demanding lawmakers act on gun control legislation are organizing marches and school walkouts.  They planned the demonstrations in spite of conservative media critics dismissing the power of organized protests and the idea that U.S.
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On weekdays, Rebecca Diamond teaches second grade at Kellogg Elementary School in Wayne County, West Virginia. On weekends, she works a register at Hardee’s. “I never dreamed 19 years ago when I started teaching that I would have to work a second job to provide for my kids,” explained the 42-year-old Diamond, who’s married to
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The Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead has triggered a rise in the sales of bulletproof backpacks. On Thursday, one day after former student Nikolas Cruz stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people and injuring dozens more, Massachusetts-based company Bullet Blocker was inundated with orders for bulletproof backpacks, comprising a 30 percent spike in
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