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Missouri teacher charged with sexual contact with student

MONETT, Mo. (AP) — A substitute teacher in southwest Missouri has been charged with having sexual contact with a high school student. The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/2sjgNA5 ) reports the Lawrence County prosecutor's office filed two counts of...

 

Bomb threat that led to Texas university evacuation was hoax

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) — Police say a phoned-in bomb threat that led to the evacuation of the University of Texas at Dallas campus was a hoax. A university police spokesman says other campuses around the country received similar threats Tuesday....

 

Former Tulsa principal pleads guilty in child porn case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former principal of a Christian home-school alliance in Tulsa has pleaded guilty to accessing child pornography on a video chat room. The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/2sXCZ4N ) reports 56-year-old Jeffrey Richard Goss pleaded...

 

Corpus Christi anti-bullying students program draws praise

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Damion Govea, 12, knows the good kids from the bad at Metro Elementary School of Design. He's been in class with them long enough to tell them apart, he said. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Damion is a good kid...

 

Oklahoma City school district looks into employee misconduct

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City's public school district recently investigated allegations of misconduct involving nearly two-dozen employees, including claims that workers had abused students or engaged in sexual harassment, among other...

 

The Latest: DeVos weighs in on Supreme Court church decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court ruling for a Missouri church (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Supporters of school vouchers say they hope today's Supreme Court ruling lays the groundwork for a future decision on whether states can let...

 
 By Andrea Egner    Regional    June 23, 2017

State teacher shortage 'getting worse,' superintendent says, as 224 more emergency certificates issued

OKLAHOMA CITY — Public schools' reliance on under-qualified teachers shows no signs of letting up at the dawn of a new fiscal year. The Oklahoma State Board of Education on Thursday morning approved 224 more emergency certificates for the month of...

 

Former eastern Missouri principal sentenced for sex crimes

TROY, Mo. (AP) — A former eastern Missouri elementary school principal has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sex crimes with children. The sentence was imposed Wednesday after 40-year-old Phillip Brock, of Troy, pleaded guilty to 10 counts...

 

Kansas State touts large capital projects in last 5 years

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University says it has added or renovated more than 1 million square feet of space on the Manhattan campus in the last five years. The university announced Thursday in a news release it also has renovated or...

 

Kansas to move forward with $300M stadium renovation plan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger says plans to renovate Memorial Stadium and build an indoor training facility are moving forward and will cost around $300 million. The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2sUNiZx )...

 

Oklahoma uses emergency certified teachers during shortage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma schools have grown increasingly reliant on filling teacher vacancies with emergency certified teachers amid a statewide shortage of educators. The state School Board of Education approved more than 220 emergency...

 

Court revives church-state lawsuit against Colorado schools

DENVER (AP) — A federal court has revived a Colorado parent's lawsuit that alleges a school district violated the constitutional separation of church and state. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Tuesday that a woman identified as...

 

Kansas Supreme Court to hear school funding case July 18

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court plans to hear arguments from attorneys July 18 on whether a new school funding law complies with the state constitution. The court set an expedited schedule Monday for its review. A four-page order from...

 

University of Oklahoma regents vote to raise tuition, fees

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — University of Oklahoma students will pay more for their education starting this fall under a plan approved by the OU Board of Regents. OU spokesman Rowdy Gilbert says the board on Tuesday approved proposed 5 percent increases...

 

Kansas high-schoolers help toddlers with immobility

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than 10 high school students from the Wichita area have been retrofitting toy ride-on cars for children with disabilities including spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and dystonia. The students were divided into...

 

Much of Arkansas university exempt from guns on campus law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Because of a charter high school, much of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus will be exempt from a law allowing guns on college campuses in the state. The state law goes into effect Sept. 1 and allows persons...

 

Regents vote to raise tuition at Oklahoma State University

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tuition and fees will rise for Oklahoma State University students this fall. The OSU/A&M Board of Regents voted Friday for an increase of 5 percent for resident, undergraduate students and 5.9 percent for undergraduates from...

 

Wichita State offers degree for game designers, filmmakers

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University is offering a new degree for aspiring filmmakers, videogame designers and sound engineers. The Kansas Board of Regents last week approved the bachelor of applied arts in media arts degree, The Wichita...

 

University of Missouri to close bed-and-breakfast

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri plans to close a bed-and-breakfast that has been both a business and a way to educate hospitality students for more than 20 years. The Gathering Place Bed & Breakfast, located across from the...

 

Regents approve tuition hikes for Kansas universities

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Board of Regents has approved tuition rates for the state's six universities generally ranging from 2.5 percent to 2.9 percent for the next academic year. Resident and non-resident, undergraduate and graduate...

 

Missouri college buildings evacuated after package found

ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — Four buildings on the University of Missouri Science and Technology campus in Rolla have been evacuated after a suspicious package was found near the school's nuclear reactor. Campus spokesman Andrew Careaga says the package was...

 

24 charged with hazing; incident put 5 students in hospital

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Two dozen people have been charged with three hazing counts each in April hazing incidents that put five Tarleton State University students in the hospital with alcohol poisoning. The hazing happened at two parties April...

 

University of Kansas dorm wing to cater to LGBT students

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is devoting a residence hall wing to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their supporters. The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/2sXHQmh ) reports that Student Housing director...

 

Schools settle with families of 7 children killed in tornado

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A suburban Oklahoma City school system and its insurer have agreed to pay about $14,000 to each of the families of seven children who died four years ago when their school was destroyed by a tornado. The deal, announced by...

 

Some parents upset by purchase of rifles for school officers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Some parents of Shawnee Mission School District students in eastern Kansas aren't happy to learn the public school district has bought eight semi-automatic rifles for its school resource officers. The Kansas City Star...

 

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