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Student shot at Florida high school, gunman in custody

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/20/18, 11:16 am

A Florida high school student shot a classmate in the ankle Friday morning, prompting the school to go into a lockdown. After firing a single shot, the gunman dropped his weapon and tried to hide, according to one student who witnessed the incident. Police quickly arrested the shooter. Investigators in Ocala, Fla., have not released any information on the gunman or the victim, other than to confirm they are both enrolled at Forest High School.

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Arizona teachers approve walkout

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/20/18, 11:04 am

A majority of Arizona public school teachers voted to stage a statewide walkout April 26 to call for higher wages. According to the Arizona Education Association, 78 percent of the 57,000 teachers who participated in the vote approved the strike. “This is undeniably, clearly, a mandate for action,” said Joe Thomas, the association’s president. After weeks of protests capped by a “walk-in” last week, during which teachers left the classroom briefly to hold rallies on their school campuses, Gov.

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Kentucky schools close as teachers rally at state Capitol

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/13/18, 10:50 am

Schools across Kentucky closed Friday as thousands of teachers converged on the state Capitol in Frankfort for what has become an increasingly common lobbying effort. Educators are demanding higher pay or more classroom funding in several Republican-controlled states. In Kentucky, teachers urged legislators to override Gov. Matt Bevin’s veto of a $480 million tax increase that would fund record-high classroom funding. Analysts expect the vote will be close.

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