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Civil War lessons often depend on where the classroom is

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Civil War lessons taught to American students often depend on where the classroom is, with schools presenting accounts of the conflict that vary from state to state and even district to district. Some schools emphasize...

 

Swastikas and bomb threat prompt WSU dorm evacuation

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Dozens of students were evacuated from a dormitory at Washington State University after students reported vandals had scratched several swastikas and a vague bomb threat onto the walls. The Spokesman-Review says the graffiti...

 

Proposed ban on Harvard social groups draws faculty pushback

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Some Harvard University professors are fighting a proposal that would ban all fraternities and single-gender clubs on campus. More than 20 faculty members have signed their support for a new rule that would forbid the...

 

Duke University removes damaged Robert E. Lee statue

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee early Saturday after it was vandalized amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy. The university said it removed the carved limestone likeness before dawn...

 

Colleges grappling with balancing free speech, campus safety

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — When Carl Valentine dropped off his daughter at the University of Virginia, he had some important advice for the college freshman: Don't forget that you are a minority. "She has to be vigilant of that and be concerned...

 

Louisiana high school student faces terrorizing charge

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy faces a terrorizing charge after he allegedly threatened to shoot a teacher and students at South Lafourche High School. Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says the incident allegedly occurred on...

 

Colleges grappling with balancing free speech, campus safety

Charlottesville, Va. (AP) — When Carl Valentine dropped off his daughter at the University of Virginia, he had some important advice for the college freshman: Don't forget that you are a minority. "She has to be vigilant of that and be concerned...

 

A high school dropout goes from custodian to teacher

Lexington, Ky. (AP) — Lowell Outland was a custodian at Tates Creek High School for seven years, a high school dropout who dreamed of becoming a teacher. With hard work, the 59-year-old Air Force veteran made it happen. On Wednesday, the first day...

 

Texas college could influence other Confederate statue moves

Austin, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas' abrupt decision to remove Confederate statues in the middle of the night after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, raises the question of whether other public universities, cities and towns...

 

Peoria police: Students accused of making threats vs school

Peoria, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Peoria say two teenage boys who are students at Centennial High have been arrested for allegedly making threats against the school on social media. They say the 15-year-old sophomores were taken into custody Sunday...

 

Teacher at elite LA school accused of sex with minor

Los Angeles (AP) — Authorities say a teacher at the elite Brentwood School in Los Angeles has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with an underage student. Police spokesman Tony Im says 45-year-old Aimee Palmitessa was taken into custody last...

 

After Charlottesville, colleges reassessing safety plans

Charlottesville, Va. (AP) — When Carl Valentine dropped off his daughter at the University of Virginia, he had some important advice for the college freshman: Don't forget that you are a minority. "She has to be vigilant of that and be concerned... Full story

 

Portland high school cancels activities following threat

Portland, Maine (AP) — A high school in the Maine city of Portland has canceled student activities Monday after receiving a threatening email. WGME-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2vW0VXW ) student activities at Cheverus High School on Monday have been...

 

In letter to staff, DeVos condemns Charlottesville violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing criticism over her muted response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday condemned those "tragic and unthinkable" events and blasted "neo-Nazis and other racist bigots" in...

 

Nobel winner shot for promoting education to study at Oxford

LONDON (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman for speaking out for girls' rights to an education, has been accepted by the University of Oxford. The 20-year-old activist shared word of her acceptance on...

 

Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses

BOSTON (AP) — On college campuses, white supremacists and other far-right extremist groups see fertile ground to spread their messages and recruit followers. But for many colleges, last weekend's deadly attack at a rally near the University of...

 

The DC public school that taught a president's daughter

WASHINGTON (AP) — In January 1977, the 9-year-old daughter of newly inaugurated President Jimmy Carter started classes in a three-story brick school in downtown D.C., improbably nestled between a maze of concrete-and-glass office buildings. This...

 

University recalls eclipse glasses handed out at county fair

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University Medical Center says about 8,000 glasses distributed at a county fair should not be used to watch the upcoming solar eclipse because they may not meet the highest safety standards. The Nashville,...

 

Poll: Charters less popular, but vouchers less contentious

WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for opening more charter schools has dropped significantly among Americans, but there's less opposition to expanding private school voucher programs, as the Trump administration continues its push for school choice, accord...

 

DeVos undeterred by critics even as agenda remains stalled

Washington (AP) — Among the paintings and photographs that decorate Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' sunlit, spacious office is the framed roll call from her Senate confirmation. It's a stark reminder of the bruising process that spurred angry prot... Full story

 

Pencils, paper, backpacks, oh my! Stars go back to school

New York (AP) — Hot notebooks and cool backpacks. Fresh pencils and the latest lunchboxes: Even celebrities have fond memories of going back to school. A range of stars, from Samuel L. Jackson to Salma Hayek, recently time-tripped back to...

 

After 6 months on job, education chief still highly divisive

WASHINGTON (AP) — Among the paintings and photographs that decorate Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' sunlit, spacious office is the framed roll call from her Senate confirmation. It's a stark reminder of the bruising process that spurred angry prot...

 

Parents test school liability in bullying and child suicide

CINCINNATI (AP) — The parents of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who hanged himself from his bunk bed with a necktie want school officials held responsible, testing the issue of school liability in suicides blamed on bullying. The wrongful death lawsuit...

 

DeVos say school vouchers part of tax overhaul discussions

LAS VEGAS (AP) — More than a third of U.S. states have created school voucher programs that bypass thorny constitutional and political issues by turning them over to nonprofits that rely primarily on businesses to fund them. But the programs are...

 

Why teachers are unable to stop bias-based bullying

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) State and local lawmakers have put policies in place to address and prevent bullying. Many schools too have...

 

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