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Leandro case tests NC on equal schools


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Marchers walk up Fayetteville Street during the March for Students and Rally for Respect Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Marchers walk up Fayetteville Street during the March for Students and Rally for Respect Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

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When the Leandro school funding case was filed in 1994, it sought more state funding for five poor rural districts.

But nearly three decades later the crisis caused by state neglect has spread statewide.

As North Carolina children return to the classroom, their schools are reporting a shortage of more than 4,400 teachers and overall staff vacancies that top 11,000. The COVID pandemic has added to a national teacher shortage, but the effects have been especially strong in North Carolina, where teachers were already quitting over low pay and poor treatment from the Republican-led General Assembly.

These were the pressures bearing down

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Seattle Schools says strike could delay first day of school

Seattle Public Schools is warning parents the first day of school, set for Wednesday, could be delayed because of a possible teacher strike.

“We are optimistic an agreement will be reached,” says a statement posted Friday on the SPS website and sent to families across the district. But if school is delayed, SPS said, it is working on a plan to provide pickup meals for students and reaching out to community child care providers. After-school activities will continue even if the school start date is pushed back.

Members of the Seattle Education Association are voting through 9 am Tuesday on whether to authorize a strike. The union has about 6,000 members.

SPS posted a statement Friday saying the SEA has declined to enter into legal mediation to reach an agreement.

But Julie Popper, spokesperson for the SEA, said in a text message Saturday that “SPS did not show up for

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6 things school nurses want parents to know as kids head back to school

Back to school: School nurses share ways to keep your child healthy.  (Photo: Getty Images)

Back to school: School nurses share ways to keep your child healthy. (Photo: Getty Images)

In what seems like the blink of an eye, summer is nearly over and it’s time for back to school. Along with gathering school supplies and packing lunches, parents also need to think about their child’s health while in school. It’s understandable that some parents may be wondering what the COVID protocols will look like this year and how to decide when to keep their child home from school.

So Yahoo Life reached out to five school nurses from across the country and asked them to share what they want parents to know to help ensure that their kids are healthy and ready for the school year.

No. 1: Consider testing for COVID before back to school and after holiday breaks

How schools handle COVID-19 this school year will differ from last year. “It’s not

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Florida political activist plans to donate Arabic “In God We Trust” signs to Texas school districts


After Texas school districts started receiving donated posters and framed copies of the national motto, “In God We Trust,” which they are required to display in accordance with a new state law, a political activist in Florida has started a GoFundMe to provide districts with signs of national motto in Arabic and a number of other languages.

The new law says a Texas public elementary or secondary school or an institution of higher education “must” display a durable poster or framed copy of the motto in a “conspicuous place” in each building if the poster or framed copy is “donated for display at the school or institution” or “purchased from private donations and made available to the school or institution.”

“The law seems to presumes these signs are written in English. Oopsie,” GoFundMe organizer Chaz Stevens said. “We’re going to donate hundreds of Arabic-language ‘In God We Trust’

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To avoid today’s wokeness, parents are enrolling their kids in Catholic school

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More parents are enrolling their kids in private Christian schools today in an effort to combat the woke curriculum of many of America’s public schools. They’re choosing to put kids in schools that support the faith and values ​​they offer at home.

“Fox & Friends First” co-host Carly Shimkus talked with the Rev. Jadyn Nelson, president of Bishop Ryan Catholic School, and parent Perry Olsen on Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, 2022, about the current move by some parents to leave public school education behind.

Nelson explained that his school, in Minot, North Dakota, is seeing increased interest from parents in private Christian education.

“This year we are up 6% [in enrollment] overall, and we’ve been seeing year-over-year gains around 5% for the last five years,” Nelson said.

“Sixty-seven new families for a small school like ours is good interest in what

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Turkish pop star jailed over joke about religious schools


ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish pop star Gulsen has been arrested on charges of “inciting hatred and enmity” with a joke she made about Turkey’s religious schools, the country’s state-run news agency reported.

The 46-year-old singer and songwriter, whose full name is Gulsen Colakoglu, was taken away from her home in Istanbul for questioning and formally arrested late Thursday. She was then taken to a prison pending trial.

The arrest sparked outrage on social media. Government critics said the move was an effort by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to consolidate support from his religious and conservative ahead of elections in 10 months.

The charges were based on a joke Gulsen made during an April concert in Istanbul, where she quipped that one of her musicians’ “perversion” stemmed from attending a religious school. A video of the singer’s comment began circulating on social media recently, with

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