Former judge accused of slapping special-needs student on Highline bus

A school bus driver — who is also a Des Moines City Council member and a former Superior Court judge — is facing an assault charge and likely termination after allegedly slapping a 6-year-old autistic boy across the face. The March 10 incident was captured on video.

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Nashville teen accused of making multiple threats to schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville teen has been arrested after allegedly sending emails filled with graphic threats to blow up schools and massacre teachers and students, authorities said. An FBI affidavit records threats sent to 12 schools in Nashville; Pittsburgh; Brockton and Whitman, Massachusetts; and Burke, Virginia beginning March 16. Some schools were threatened...

Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probe

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once worked as a consultant, officials announced Friday. The schools chief of the nation's third-largest district — chosen by...

Common Core tests OK, but Nevada gives leeway to schools

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Limited testing was successful Friday in Nevada for the troubled Common Core assessments, but now the state is offering school districts leeway that could present an unprecedented challenge to the federal testing mandate. It's the latest option given to school systems across three states impacted by a widespread system crash with...

As student tests move online, keyboarding enters curriculum

SAN PABLO, Calif. (AP) — Seven-year-old Ja'Niyah Smith's first-grade class filed into a computer lab at a suburban San Francisco school recently and, as they do every week, practiced using mouses to pop bubbles with a cartoon pickle, catch flies with a frog's tongue and arrange virtual blocks into words. The students, their legs dangling...