29 Local Governments Selected for Childhood Development Partnership

Communities selected for StriveTogether have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring kids have a strong start in life.

Kentucky Governor Cites ‘Thug Mentality’ in Teacher Pension Fight

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Major storm systems disrupt California and Northeast; Austin’s busy 9-1-1 call center; St. Paul mayor’s inaugural ball funding gap; Vermont’s ‘regressive’ DMV compliance; and Indiana’s new IoT hub.

Apple’s Next Product Launch Will Take Place at a Public School in Chicago

It’s highly likely that whatever Apple announces will be focused on education.

To Prevent Suicides and School Shootings, More States Embrace Anonymous Tip Lines

States across the country are responding to high-profile school shootings and rising teen suicide rates by creating tip lines modeled on Colorado’s.

Some of America’s Worst-Paid Teachers Give Their State a New Ultimatum

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New Mexico’s ‘no trespassing’ order for U.S. Border Patrol; opening the door to S.C. reparations; Nashville mayor resigns; and Lake Superior's high water level may hit all-time record.

Nobody Knows How Many Kids Get Caught With Guns in School. Here’s Why.

Much of the information on the Education Department’s website is either outdated or inconsistent with state data.

These Local Public Sector Workers Are Scarce and in High Demand

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Denver mayor’s video apology; Utah lawmaker proposes ‘safe on red’ bill; New Mexico’s rape-kit backlog; and turning biogas into energy in Kansas.

In White House Meeting With Governors, Trump Emphasizes Preference for Arming School Staff

The president at one point had a tense exchange with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee over the issue. Mental health and background checks also came up during the discussion.

Florida Sheriff: 'We Need to Defeat Every Threat on Campus'

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Santa Monica's 'whack-a-mole' game with Airbnb violators; South Carolina attorney general asked to investigate 'out of state imposters'; a new regional crisis stabilization unit in Arkansas; and Detroit's awful potholes.

Reeling from Dismal State Budget, La. Gov. Takes Aim at ‘Obscene’ College Coaching Salaries

Gov. John Bel Edwards has had to consider suspending classes at state colleges. He thinks the millions going to coaches could be better spent.

Why Free College Tuition Is Spreading From Cities to States

The free tuition push hasn’t produced an economic bonanza for any of the pioneering cities—at least not yet — and some states have struggled to come up with the money to keep their end of the bargain.

Massachusetts Offers In-State Tuition Break for Students From Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

It’s the latest way the Bay State has assisted the U.S. territories in the wake of the destruction brought by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Creative Workforce Programs Aim to Stave Off Economic Decline in Maine

Public officials and business leaders worry about a demographic implosion and lagging educational achievements that put the state’s economy at risk.

This U.S. State Now Lets Anyone—Not Just Parents—Request to Ban Books in Schools

The new law effectively institutionalizes censorship, with broad criteria like “not suited to student needs.”

‘Ban the Box’ Movement Scores Win in America’s Most Incarcerated State

In Louisiana, public universities will be prohibited from asking about criminal history on admission applications.

Betsy DeVos vs. Connecticut: State and School Leaders Skewer Her ‘Dangerous Daycare’ Remarks

Angry responses percolated over the Memorial Day weekend and erupted Tuesday in public protest.

Why Oil and Coal States Are Slashing Their Education Budgets

Wyoming is the latest state to cut spending for K-12 schools.

R.I. Gov.’s Tuition-Free College Plan; Nebraska’s Lagging State Revenue

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Missouri's governor plans big higher ed cuts; Wisconsin city struggles with state limits on revenue; and more state legislative updates.

The Gaps in New York's Free-College Plan

Critics worry that the students who need the most help might be among the least likely to receive it.