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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has denied an attempt by teachers unions to halt the state’s mandate to reopen more classrooms during the pandemic. Kanawha County Judge Carrie Webster on Tuesday denied a temporary restraining order that sought to reverse the resumption of in-person learning in all 55 counties. The two largest… Read More
After an NPR investigation led to an overhaul of the troubled TEACH Grant program, the U.S. Department of Education says teachers have had nearly $44 million in loans turned back into grants.
Ohio teachers and union leaders called on the U.S. Senate to pass a COVID-19 relief bill immediately on Monday afternoon.As the U.S. Senate debates what to include in the “HEROES” Coronavirus relief package, Ohio educators say they need help to reopen schools and keep kids safe. As the U.S. Senate debates what to include in… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As school districts unveil their plans for resuming school this fall, some teachers are anxious about returning to their classrooms. Hilliard City Schools teacher Sherise Thompson sums it up this way. “I’m scared. I know there’s still a fatality rate and I think that we shouldn’t be going back to… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A report by Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon shows the pension system for teachers is on more solid ground. Harmon says the financial statement audit of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement Systems shows that its fiduciary net position increased by some $600 million. The review shows the amount rose to $21.9 billion in… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has asked that a state judge be removed from a lawsuit that challenges the use of Kentucky labor law to obtain the names of teachers who participated in “sickouts” to protest at Kentucky’s Capitol. News outlets report that a motion filed Tuesday seeks the removal of… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state’s largest school district and its teachers union have approved a three-year contract that includes pay raises and some smaller class sizes. The Board of Education for the 50,000-student Columbus City Schools district approved the agreement Monday. The Columbus Education Association ratified it Sunday. The union represents more than 4,000… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s labor secretary says more than 1,000 teachers violated state law by participating in mass rallies at the state Capitol that forced some schools to close. But Labor Secretary David Dickerson says no penalties will be assessed. Dickerson is part of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration. Dickerson said Friday that his… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate has decided not to immediately consider a bill to raise pay for teachers, school service workers and state police. The Republican-led Senate on Saturday rejected a motion to take up the bill that the House of Delegates passed Friday. Instead, the Senate referred the bill to its… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia House of Delegates has approved pay raises for teachers and school service workers a day after they returned to classrooms following a two-day strike. The bill that passed the House 89-8 on Friday also includes raises for state police. The governor last fall requested the raises, which still… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republicans in Kentucky are trying again with a bill that would make changes to the state’s troubled public pension plan for teachers. Republican Rep. Scott Lewis filed House Bill 504 on Wednesday. It would make changes to the retirement system for any teacher hired after Jan. 1, 2020. Teachers would still… Read More
The decision is a major victory for state employees, as well as for state Attorney General Andy Beshear as he runs to unseat Gov. Matt Bevin, who championed the controversial law.