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Judge permits teen's insanity plea in school shooting case

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — A judge will permit a teenager charged in an Ohio school shooting that wounded two students to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. The judge in Champaign County Common Pleas Court has accepted paperwork allowing the plea by...

 

UCF suspends fraternity amid sex assault and hazing claims

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A University of Central Florida fraternity has been suspended while the school investigates allegations of sexual assault and hazing. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity is barred from all campus...

 

Report: Louisiana voucher students don't outperform peers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana students who attend private schools with taxpayer dollars have bounced back from initially dismal scores in math and English but aren't outperforming their public school peers, according to a new report. The...

 

Supreme Court orders new look at Colorado voucher program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is ordering the top Colorado state court to look again at a school voucher program that it had struck down as unconstitutional. The justices' action Tuesday follows a ruling a day earlier that was cheered by...

 

Supreme Court playground ruling feeds school voucher debate

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other proponents of school voucher programs are praising a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said a Lutheran church was wrongly denied a state grant for its preschool playground. But opponents say the ruling is far...

 

BYU gives amnesty to sexual assault victims, witnesses

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Brigham Young University has announced it formally adopted an amnesty policy for victims or witnesses of sexual assault. The university adopted the policy Friday, which will be implemented at The Church of Jesus Christ...

 

30 years after Edwards v. Aguillard: Why creationism lingers in public schools

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) This month marks the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Edwards v. Aguillard, a...

 

Teen charged in Ohio school shooting enters insanity plea

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old boy charged in an Ohio school shooting that wounded two students has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Ely Serna is charged with attempted murder, felonious assault and other offenses in the Jan. 20...

 

Panel: New Jersey colleges offered plan to stem sex assaults

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Colleges need to gather data about sexual violence at their schools, set up clear reporting procedures and establish investigation models if they are to address high rates of on-campus assaults, a New Jersey task force said in...

 

Mystery of missing Chinese scholar shakes up Illinois school

CHICAGO (AP) — Yingying Zhang, the daughter of a working-class factory driver from China, took the same career path as many other young Chinese academics before her: She travelled to a university in the U.S. with dreams of one day landing a...

 

Father of missing Chinese scholar: 'Give my daughter back'

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The father of a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of Illinois made an emotional appeal on Thursday for his 26-year-old child's safe return, saying in an interview: "Give my daughter back." Yingying Zhang was...

 

Jury begins deliberating in ex-football player's rape trial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors in the case of an ex-Vanderbilt University football player charged with rape will have to decide if he was bullied into the assault — and if so, whether that's enough to clear him of charges. Prosecutors and...

 

Lawsuit by student whose rape charge got dismissed approved

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a student can move forward with a lawsuit against a Sioux Falls university that expelled him over a sexual assault allegation that was later dismissed. Koh Evan Tsuruta is seeking unspecified...

 

Obituary of 15-year-old who killed self cites school bullies

BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) — The family of a 15-year-old Pennsylvania girl who hanged herself says in her obituary that she had a tough life made worse by school bullies. Sadie Riggs' family posted her obituary on Facebook after she died Monday. They say...

 

Assembly begins debate of UW free speech bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Assembly is debating a bill that calls for expelling University of Wisconsin students who repeatedly disrupt the free speech rights of others. Republican supporters of the measure slated to pass Wednesday...

 

Classmates honor student who died after N. Korea detention

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Otto Warmbier knew everyone on campus as a student at the University of Virginia, and he had an "insane" tie collection. Alex Vagonis also said Warmbier was her soul mate who "helped me become a better human being."...

 

Ohio superintendent charged with gross sexual imposition

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a central Ohio school superintendent has been charged with a sex crime involving a 10-year-old girl. The Springfield News-Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2sVr3mP ) the Indian Lake Local Schools has placed...

 

Free speech on college campuses in the Senate spotlight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Free speech on college campuses attracted congressional attention on Tuesday as a Senate panel questioned students, academics and lawyers after the abrupt cancellation of several high-profile speeches from California to Texas....

 

Free speech on college campuses in the Senate spotlight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Free speech on college campuses attracted congressional attention on Tuesday as a Senate panel questioned students, academics and lawyers after the abrupt cancellation of several high-profile speeches from California to Texas....

 

Trial moved for teacher accused of not reporting sex abuse

MARION, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered that a trial will be moved for an Iowa kindergarten teacher accused of not reporting that a 15-year-old classroom volunteer sexually abused her students. Linn County District Court records say Diane Graham's...

 

Debate heats up over teaching climate change in US schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The struggle over what American students learn about global warming is heating up as conservative lawmakers, climate change doubters and others attempt to push rejected or debunked theories into the classroom. An overwhelming...

 

Parent: Public records requests got him banned from schools

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A school district in South Carolina has banned a parent from coming to any school in the district after saying his public records requests were harassing. Media outlets report the ban was part of a lawsuit Lexington...

 

EXCHANGE: Brain injury doesn't bar man from college degree

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — He stood stage left, clutched a cane in his right hand and waited underneath his black mortarboard for his name to be called. Then it was. "Alex Shelton." Shelton, 29, of Dunlap, stepped toward the similarly be-robed man who...

 

Ex-cop testifies in retrial over 2015 shooting of motorist

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former University of Cincinnati police officer gave emotional testimony at his retrial Friday in the 2015 shooting of an unarmed black motorist. Ray Tensing frequently paused to wipe away tears during his testimony at the retria...

 

Bates College addresses racial incident with campus reform

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Administrators at Bates College are promising to address racial issues following an incident involving black students and security staff. The Sun Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2tvfqPX ) proposed changes come after a...

 

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