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Oklahoma School for the Deaf closed after threat called in

SULPHUR, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma officials have closed a school for deaf students after the facility received a threatening phone call. A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services says officials believe Thursday's threat to...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    August 17, 2018 

Police: Boy repeatedly stabs girl during school assembly

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A boy stood up and repeatedly stabbed a 14-year-old girl during an assembly at an Oklahoma high school on the first day of classes Thursday and she was airlifted to a hospital, a local sheriff's spokesman said. Mark Opgrande,...

 

Professors challenge to Texas 'Campus Carry' law rejected

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three University of Texas professors have lost another legal round in their challenge to a Texas law allowing people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry weapons on public university campuses. The New Orleans-based 5th U.S....

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    August 17, 2018 

Police still seeking motive in Oklahoma school stabbing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police and school officials in Oklahoma said Friday that a 14-year-old boy accused of repeatedly stabbing a female classmate during a school assembly had no history of causing trouble before bringing a pocket knife a 4-inch...

 

Sheriff: Schools closed after transgender student threatened

ACHILLE, Okla. (AP) — Officials closed a rural Oklahoma school system this week after the sheriff began investigating what he determined were online threats against a transgender student. Bryan County Sheriff Johnny Christian said Tuesday his...

 

Student media official removed after misspending $21K

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The former treasurer of an organization whose members advise student journalists was removed from his position after spending $21,000 of the group's money for personal use. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Corbin Crable...

 

Report: New Mexico school shooter visited 'Neo-Nazi' sites

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A new report says a man accused of killing two students during a New Mexico school shooting visited "Neo-Nazi: websites and sought out people obsessed with school shootings. The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports a...

 

Teenage girls learning science in Colorado's backcountry

DENVER (AP) — The leg-busting path shot straight up, encountering small aspens before veering hard right at the base of a sheer rock. The conversations of teenage girls broke through the foliage, covering the soft rumble of cars passing below on...

 

Teacher candidacies surge in wake of spring walkouts

The spring of teacher uprisings has given way to summer, but these are anything but lazy days for educators continuing the fight through their own election campaigns. Hundreds of teachers are running for office in November elections, campaigning...

 

Survey: Oklahoma teacher vacancies remain, despite pay hikes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new survey shows Oklahoma schools continue to struggle filling classroom positions after the largest teacher pay raise in state history. The Oklahoma State School Boards Association survey released Monday says another...

 

U. of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State ban medical marijuana

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University both say all marijuana, including medical marijuana, remains banned on the two campuses. OU and OSU say in a joint news release Thursday that they are legally required...

 

Grand jury indicts 17-year-old in Texas school shooting

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas grand jury on Thursday indicted a 17-year-old student accused of fatally shooting 10 people in May at a Houston-area high school. Dimitrios Pagourtzis was formally indicted on charges that include capital murder of...

 

For universities, making the case for diversity is part of making amends for racist past

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The Trump administration recently announced plans to scrap Obama-era guidelines that encouraged universities to...

 

Federal judge refuses to block Arkansas student transfers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge is refusing to block Arkansas students in four districts from transferring to nearby districts pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the Arkansas School Choice Act, which allows such transfers. The...

 

Wichita gets nearly $1 million grant for school security

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita school district plans to use a nearly $1 million grant to improve security at its schools this year. The improvements will include upgrading classroom doors that can lock from inside, adding cameras, and buying...

 

Ex-teacher's aide convicted of sex with student sentenced

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A former Colorado teacher's aide convicted of having sex with one of her 14-year-old students was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. The Greeley Tribune reports 26-year-old Jerica Enriquez was sentenced Thursday after a...

 

Oklahoma student proficiency rates remain low

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma student proficiency rates are down slightly in almost every grade and subject in the second year of higher academic standards, according to state test results. The 2018 Oklahoma School Testing Program results found that...

 

Kansas to cover high school juniors' ACT exam fees

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — All Kansas high school juniors will be able to take ACT exams and assessments for free next school year, according to state education officials. Department of Education spokeswoman Denise Kahler told The Wichita Eagle that the...

 

University of Kansas Greek life works to limit hazing

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — University of Kansas fraternities and sororities are working on ways to limit hazing and abuse following an alcohol freeze that didn't last. University officials and members of the university's Inter-Fraternity Council are...

 

School funding ballot measure to appear on Oklahoma ballot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says a measure designed to give Oklahoma school districts the flexibility to use property tax revenue for classroom needs will appear on the general election ballot this fall. Fallin issued a proclamation...

 

KU researchers extract rare T-Rex, fossil treasures

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — University of Kansas bone hunter Kris Super prowled the base of steep-edged hills in the Hell Creek formation for evidence to solve mysteries millions of years in the making. Fish-fossil exploration in western Kansas helped...

 

US AG Sessions hears from panels on school safety

PEARCY, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says no single solution is appropriate for addressing school shootings. Sessions' remarks came Wednesday before he heard two panels at Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy, Arkansas, discuss...

 

Trump appoints Okla. professor to lead science policy office

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's appointment of a University of Oklahoma professor as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is being cheered by a leading scientific society. The White House announced Tuesday...

 

KU to start new sexual violence prevention training

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has developed a new mandatory training program for student-athletes designed to help prevent sexual violence. The university's Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center has worked with KU...

 

OU audit shows improper use of state vehicle led to firing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — University of Oklahoma's former chief diversity officer illegally used a university vehicle hundreds of times to commute to and from work and make personal family trips, according to an internal OU audit released on Thursday....

 

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