WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Jill Biden is set to campaign Friday for Democrats in governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey, her most overt foray into politics since arriving at the White House nine months ago.
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Colby College is banning discrimination based on caste, a system of inherited social class, becoming one of the nation's earliest colleges to do so.
The private liberal arts college revised its nondiscrimination policy to add caste to its list of protections for the campus community.
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Public Schools is suspending 142 school bus routes beginning Monday.
District officials said the cuts are necessary because of a national bus driver shortage and because some drivers are choosing not to follow the state-mandated COVID-19 vaccine rules for public employees, The Seattle Times reported.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials are on track to renew a $2 million contract for a Utah-based education company to call and text struggling students, usually when they’ve been chronically absent from school.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An elementary school teacher in South Carolina surrendered to authorities Friday after being accused of having marijuana edibles in a student prize box in her classroom.
The 27-year-old teacher from Lexington, South Carolina, was behing held on a charge of possession of a Schedule I drug.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Democrat who will likely become New York City's next mayor says he does not intend to get rid of the city's program for gifted and talented students, nipping plans that outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio just announced.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied an emergency request to stop a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect in Maine.
The rule, announced by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, requires health care workers to get vaccinated against the disease by Oct.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The gunman who killed 14 students and three staff members at a Parkland, Florida, high school will plead guilty to their murders, his attorneys said Friday, bringing some closure to a South Florida community more than three years after an attack that sparked a nationwide movement for gun control.
AMMON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin held a news conference Thursday to defend her decision to refuse to release public records until she lost a lawsuit over the matter, criticizing the Idaho Attorney General's office and accusing several news organizations of lying in their coverage of the civil case.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's three state universities will comply with a federal mandates for government contractors and require their employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Dec. 8 unless granted exemptions, officials announced Friday.
SOUTHLAKE, Texas (AP) — A Texas school district administrator told teachers that if they have books about the Holocaust in their classrooms, they should also have books that offer “opposing” or “other” viewpoints on the subject.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A divided state school board has cemented rules that ban so-called critical race theory teachings from K-12 classrooms and limit how educators can talk about race in the classroom.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — As the third president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Francis Amasa Walker helped usher the school into national prominence in the late 1800s.
But another part of his legacy has received renewed attention amid the nation's reckoning with racial justice: his role in shaping the nation’s hardline policies toward Native Americans as a former head of the U.S.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An education technician at an elementary school has been arrested on charges including sexual exploitation of a child, police and school officials said.
Benjamin Conroy, 32, was being held at York County Jail and is also charged with a battery of other sex crimes, police said.
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle Public Schools elementary school has canceled its Halloween parade, saying the event has historically marginalized students of color who don’t celebrate the holiday.
Seattle Public Schools said in an emailed statement that for at least five years, the B.F.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A mask-wearing mandate will continue for at least another month in a Wyoming school district where a student who wouldn’t wear a mask got arrested for allegedly refusing to leave her high school.
ROME (AP) — A Rome judge halted the trial of four high-ranking members of Egypt’s security forces on the day it opened Thursday, saying there was no certainty they had been officially informed that they were charged in the abduction, torture and killing in Cairo of an Italian doctoral student.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday condemned one of Missouri's largest newspapers for exposing a flaw in a state database that allowed public access to thousands of teachers' Social Security numbers, even though the paper held off from reporting about the flaw until after the state could fix it.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — David Flanagan, who was at the helm of Maine’s largest electric utility during the disastrous 1998 ice storm, served as president of the University of Southern Maine and returned to lead the utility out of a series of missteps, has died.
GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police investigators are looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting on the Grambling State University campus this week that killed one person and wounded three others.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University has removed the chair of its Department of French Studies a week after six women filed a lawsuit accusing the school of doing too little to address allegations of sexual harassment and assault against a French graduate student, a newspaper reported Thursday.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard, already the nation's wealthiest university, grew its endowment to more than $53 billion in the latest fiscal year, the Ivy League school reported in its annual financial report released Thursday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University's endowment generated a more than 50% return during the most recently completed fiscal year to increase to $6.9 billion, the Ivy league school announced Thursday.
HAMPDEN, Maine (AP) — An eighth grade language arts teacher has been selected as Maine Teacher of the Year.
Kelsey Stoyanova teaches at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden. She was previously named the 2021 Penobscot County Teacher of the Year.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials of several employee unions say they haven't had any negotiations with the metro Las Vegas school district since its board voted to generally require that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue is once again leading a board that oversees standardized tests designed to measure student achievement nationwide.
U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announced that Perdue will be chair of the National Assessment Governing Board for the next year.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Nurses around the U.S. are getting burned out by the COVID-19 crisis and quitting, yet applications to nursing schools are rising, driven by what educators say are young people who see the global emergency as an opportunity and a challenge.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Another major Phoenix-area high school district has decided to stop having police officers assigned to its schools.
The Tempe Union High School District' s board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to have the Phoenix and Tempe police departments phase out assigning full-time school resource officers to the 14,000-student district's campuses by next August.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The average score of Louisiana's high school seniors on the ACT college readiness test fell for a fourth year in a row and remains among the lowest in the nation.
The state's composite score on the ACT exam that measures skills in English, reading, math and science was 18.4 out of a possible 36, down from 18.7 last year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful Los Angeles politician Mark Ridley-Thomas and a former dean at the University of Southern California were charged Wednesday with a bribery scheme in which Ridley-Thomas promised to steer millions of dollars in contracts to the school if his son got a scholarship and a teaching job.
CHICAGO (AP) — Civil rights activist, retired Chicago professor and historian Timuel Black has died at the age of 102.
Black died Wednesday, his widow told the Chicago Sun-Times and WLS-TV.
Details of his death were not immediately available.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Chairpersons of the House and Senate education committees took the Kansas State Board of Education to task Wednesday because they don’t think the panel is taking seriously enough lawmakers’ and parents’ concerns about how race and racism are discussed in schools.
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — William Eugene “Bud” Davis, who was a higher education leader in Idaho, Oregon, New Mexico and Louisiana as well as a college football coach and candidate for U.S. Senate, has died.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana reached a record number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday while one district moved its middle and high school classes to virtual learning to slow the spread of the respiratory virus among students, few of whom follow the school's mask mandate, officials said.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A University of Delaware student who was accused of threatening people with a BB gun has died after what authorities described as a “medical emergency” in his prison cell, police said Wednesday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday that Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson “does not speak for North Carolina,” a reference to comments that Robinson made about sex education in public schools that critics say plainly disparaged LGBTQ people.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas has reinstalled a Native American art exhibit that was vandalized in September.
Museum officials announced Wednesday that the exhibit, “Native Hosts” by Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, is back in front of the museum, The Lawrence Journal-World reported.
Thousands of public servants who were rejected from a student loan forgiveness program will get their cases reviewed by the Education Department as part of a settlement in a lawsuit brought by one of the nation's largest teachers unions.
ATLANTA (AP) — Tenured professors at Georgia's public universities will face a new set of job reviews that regents say will help them improve but that some faculty members say will undercut the job protections and freedom of expression that tenure is supposed to guarantee.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s top school board Wednesday agreed to shelve letter grades for public schools this year because of the coronavirus outbreak, assuming the federal government signs off on the move as expected.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Salem-Keizer school board has voted to adopt a resolution outlining the board’s commitment to equity and anti-racism.
The Tuesday night vote was 4-2. The district is the second largest in Oregon with more than 40,000 students.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Students, teachers and staff at Missouri schools who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 will be allowed to stay in school and participate in extracurricular activities if they meet certain criteria, state education officials said.
ROME (AP) — The Catholic Church’s foremost research institute studying sexual abuse of minors is expanding its mandate to also include the sexual and spiritual abuse of adults, evidence of the Vatican's increasing awareness that children aren’t the only victims of clergy who abuse their power and authority.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — An intensive summer language program hosted by Harvard University in Beijing will relocate to Taiwan in summer of 2022, as the U.S.-China relationship remains strained.
The program is moving to Taipei and will kick off next summer with about 60 students who will take eight weeks of classes, National Taiwan University confirmed Wednesday.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court Wednesday dismissed an intellectual freedom claim by a university physicist who was fired in part over his public statements that scientists exaggerated damage to the Great Barrier Reef caused by climate change.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's top election official is challenging the status of two ballot measures that the state's largest teacher’s union promised to withdraw after successfully using them as bargaining chips and pressuring legislators to boost education funding.
ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — A private college in Minnesota has renamed its arboretum that honored an 18th-century Swedish botanist who has been criticized for classifying humans in a way now seen as racist, school officials said Tuesday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson on Tuesday again declined to apologize for remarks he made in June criticizing sexual education in public schools and likening gay and transgender people to “filth.”
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A University of Montana computer science professor has been placed on paid leave while the university investigates now-deleted blog posts that maligned women, Muslims and people who are LGBTQ, the university said Tuesday.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to visit the University of Connecticut Friday for the dedication of a human rights center named after former U.S. Sens. Thomas and Christopher Dodd.
The Dodd Center for Human Rights serves as an umbrella home for the school's human rights programs and archives.