Julián Castro makes universal pre-K focus of education plan

2020 Campaign 05/13/19, 07:28

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro is calling for free public college tuition and universal prekindergarten under a new education plan in his 2020 campaign.The former Obama Cabinet member's proposals unveiled Monday would also boost teacher pay by up to $10,000 a year through a federal tax credit while funding prekindergarten ...

Portugal’s government warns of quitting over teacher pay

Europe 05/03/19, 12:27

Portugal's prime minister is warning opposition parties his minority government will resign if parliament approves a bill giving teachers retroactive pay to replace income they lost due to national austerity measures. Socialist Prime Minister Antonio Costa said the move would increase public spending by 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) this year ...

Indiana action on teacher pay, hate crimes faulted by some

Sports 04/27/19, 12:45

Indiana Republican leaders started this year's legislative session with calls to boost the state's lagging teacher pay and adopt a hate crimes law.The GOP-dominated Legislature took action on both topics, although Democrats and advocacy groups say the steps fell short of what was needed. Republicans declared the four-month session that ...

Indiana lawmakers look to settle budget, gambling bills

Sports 04/24/19, 17:45

Indiana lawmakers continued negotiations Wednesday on final versions of a wide-ranging gambling bill and a proposal to start taxing the liquids used in electronic cigarettes as they near the expected end of this year's legislative session. House and Senate leaders aim to wrap up the session Wednesday night with votes on ...

GOP plan boosts Indiana schools by 2.5% over next 2 years

Sports 04/23/19, 18:09

Top Indiana Republicans are touting their state budget plan that increases base school funding by 2.5% percent each of the next two years as making strides toward improving teacher pay.Gov. Eric Holcomb joined GOP legislative leaders Tuesday and announced a budget deal that's expected to be approved Wednesday as this ...

School money, gambling decisions near for Indiana lawmakers

U.S. 04/20/19, 10:35

Just how much additional money will go toward Indiana schools is a top unanswered question as the General Assembly nears the end of this year's legislative session.Lawmakers could wrap up the session as early as Wednesday but negotiations on the new two-year state budget and other issues could delay completion ...

Kamala Harris promises teachers a raise if elected president, cost of $315 billion

U.S. 03/26/19, 05:01

In the first major policy proposal of her presidential campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris of California is focused on boosting the salaries of teachers. Harris' campaign says her plan is an unprecedented investment in teacher pay and toward programs dedicated to teacher recruitment, training and professional development. In new details released Tuesday, ...

Testing strength, Harris and Sanders take 2020 to rival turf

2020 Campaign 03/23/19, 20:49

Charging onto the home turf of their Democratic rivals, Sen. Kamala Harris campaigned in Texas for the first time Saturday while Sen. Bernie Sanders swung through California — both a test of early strength in a crowded presidential race and a peek at the country's two biggest states carrying big ...

Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers

Politics 03/23/19, 09:48

Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren't why the money is suddenly available. Texas hasn't even had a teacher strike. But as in ...

Harris to seek federal investment on teacher pay, aide says

2020 Campaign 03/23/19, 09:21

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Saturday will call for a significant federal investment in teacher pay, a campaign aide says, the first policy proposal that she has put forth since officially launching her 2020 campaign. At a rally in Houston, Harris will argue that the U.S. faces a teacher pay ...

GOP candidates for Louisiana governor showing differences

Business 03/18/19, 18:38

Louisiana's two Republican candidates for governors started Monday to stake out modest differences on business tax breaks, teacher pay and the state's Medicaid expansion program, at an event called to tout their differences from Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards on economic policy.Still, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone ...

South Carolina House passes massive education overhaul bill

Politics 03/06/19, 20:26

The South Carolina House on Wednesday approved a massive bill overhauling education in the state. But any revamping of the education system stills has a long road in the General Assembly.Earlier Wednesday, a group of senators made their first changes to the proposal, indicating there will be plenty of back-and-forth ...

A year after teacher strikes, some lawmakers ready for fight

U.S. 03/01/19, 17:37

Teachers are returning to state Capitols one year after strikes and walkouts to protest pensions, education funding and teacher pay.Teachers called in sick Thursday to close six Kentucky school districts to protest a bill in the Republican-controlled state legislature that would dilute the power of the state's largest teachers association ...

New GOP governor proposes $1,200 raise for Oklahoma teachers

Business 02/04/19, 15:52

Vowing to make education a priority for his administration following a teacher rebellion that shuttered schools for two weeks last year, Oklahoma's new Republican governor told lawmakers Monday he wants to give classroom teachers a $1,200, across-the-board pay raise.In his first State of the State address to lawmakers, Gov. Kevin ...

New governor, legislators bring optimism to Oklahoma Capitol

Business 02/02/19, 10:50

With a new businessman outsider in place as governor and more than 50 new faces in the Republican-controlled Legislature, optimism abounds at the Oklahoma Capitol about the session that begins Monday.Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who campaigned on making Oklahoma a "top ten" state, will lay out his vision for following ...

Georgia’s Kemp unveils Medicaid waiver in State of State

Health 01/17/19, 16:06

My fellow Georgians, it's time to build" — that was newly inaugurated Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's message in his first State of the State speech Thursday in Atlanta.Kemp said he wants to continue the economic success Georgia has seen in recent years while outlining funding for campaign promises to raise ...

Indiana lawmakers facing tight budget, hate crimes debate

Sports 01/02/19, 14:36

Indiana lawmakers could struggle to give more than minimal funding increases to public schools in the new state budget that will emerge from this year's legislative session.Members of the General Assembly will return Thursday to the Statehouse in Indianapolis for a session expected to last until late April.Republicans are entering ...

Budget stability, clergy abuse top Louisiana stories of 2018

Football 12/29/18, 08:39

As 2018 comes to an end, Louisiana finally could be close to budget stability and the state has dropped from its spot as the nation's top jailer. In addition, New Orleans saw its first woman mayor sworn into office and celebrated 300 years of existence.Those were some of the top ...

Holcomb holding off on Indiana teacher pay, preschool boost

Business 12/06/18, 17:31

Gov. Eric Holcomb is aiming to preserve Indiana's $1.8 billion state budget surplus over the next two years while not directing more money toward goals of increasing teacher pay or expanding the state-funded preschool program.The Republican governor announced Thursday his agenda priorities for the upcoming legislative session during which lawmakers ...

Hundreds of US teacher candidates shake up midterm elections

U.S. 10/03/18, 01:01

Teachers have been making their mark in the U.S. midterm elections, running in what may be unprecedented numbers and empowered by the successful #RedForEd protests for higher teacher pay and increased school spending.After years of dense education debates over teacher evaluations and the Common Core standards, analysts say the teachers' ...

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