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Kansas school district to make changes after LGBTQ dispute

AMERICUS, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district plans to offer anti-discrimination training to staff and teachers in response to complaints about how an eighth-grade student was treated after she said she was a lesbian. North Lyon County officials...

 

New rules would limit sugar in school meals for first time

U.S. agriculture officials on Friday proposed new nutrition standards for school meals, including the first limits on added sugars, with a focus on sweetened foods such as cereals, yogurt, flavored milk and breakfast pastries. The plan announced by...

 

'School choice' is culture-war focus for Kansas lawmakers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators in Kansas are focusing on helping conservative parents remove their children from public schools over what's taught about gender and sexuality rather than pursuing a version of what critics call...

 

West Virginia advances school mandate on 'In God We Trust'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public schools in West Virginia may soon be required to display the phrase "In God We Trust" in every building if a bill passed by the state Senate on Monday becomes law. The bill was introduced by Republican Sen. Mike...

 

Pandemic, culture wars revive 'school choice' policy push

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nichole Mason first became concerned when she learned administrators at her children's public school were allowing transgender students to use girls' bathrooms. Her frustrations mounted when she felt her children's next...

 

Schools face pressure to take harder line on discipline

As kids' behavior reaches crisis points after the stress and isolation of pandemic shutdowns, many schools are facing pressure from critics to rethink their approaches to discipline — including policies intended to reduce suspensions and...

 

US kindergarten vaccination rate dropped again, data shows

NEW YORK (AP) — Vaccination rates for U.S. kindergarteners dropped again last year, and federal officials are starting a new campaign to try to bring them up. Usually, 94% to 95% of kindergarteners are vaccinated against measles, tetanus and...

 

Tribe asks to take over former boarding school in Kansas

FAIRWAY, Kan. (AP) — The Shawnee Tribe is asking to take over ownership of a historical site in Kansas that might contain unmarked graves of Native American students. The tribe released an architectural survey Tuesday that found the three...

 

Kansas justice chides state law school for 'closed' climate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A member of Kansas' highest court has resigned in protest from a part-time teaching job at a state law school following what he says was an unsuccessful attempt by the university to pressure students into canceling an event feat...

 

Analysis: How Stitt, Walters victories could impact education

Gov. Kevin Stitt was reelected Tuesday and his pick for state superintendent, Ryan Walters, secured his seat as well, setting up a new direction for education in Oklahoma. Stitt defeated Joy Hofmeister, state superintendent of public instruction for...

 

Kansas board recommends ending Native American mascots

The Kansas State Board of Education on Thursday recommended that the state's public school districts eliminate Native American mascots and branding to reduce their harmful impacts on students. The board approved a motion making a "strong...

 

GOP's Walters defeats Nelson for top Oklahoma education job

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Ryan Walters, Gov. Stitt's secretary of education, easily dispatched fellow teacher and Democrat Jena Nelson on Tuesday in the race for Oklahoma's superintendent of public schools. Walters, 37, is a conservative...

 

Small Kansas college announces $500 million anonymous gift

MCPHERSON, Kan. (AP) — An anonymous donor is pledging up to $500 million to McPherson College, a small liberal arts college in central Kansas, officials announced Friday. The anonymous donor will match match every financial gift to McPherson...

 

Uvalde families make last push for shakeup on Election Day

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Just hours after voting started in Texas, Kimberly Rubio cast her ballot in the same Uvalde city building where she waited in May to learn that her daughter, Lexi, was one of 19 fourth-graders fatally shot at Robb Elementary...

 

University of Kansas returning Native American remains

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has begun the process of returning Native American remains and other sacred objects that were recently discovered in its museum collections, the university said. University officials said in a...

 

Uvalde schools fire ex-Texas trooper who was at shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New outrage ripped through Uvalde on Thursday over revelations that a school police officer hired after the Robb Elementary massacre was not only on campus during the May attack as a Texas state trooper but under investigation...

 

Uvalde schools suspend entire police force after outrage

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Uvalde's school district suspended its entire police force Friday amid fresh outrage over the hesitant law enforcement response to the gunman who massacred 21 people at Robb Elementary School. The extraordinary move follows...

 

Kansas announces plans for major football renovations

The University of Kansas announced plans Friday for long-awaited renovations to Memorial Stadium, the Anderson Family Football Complex and other facilities along with potential conference, entertainment and retail spaces. The school has long studied...

 

Oklahoma sports 'biological sex affidavit' raises questions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — J.D. Runnels and his son, James, share a love for football. Runnels played for the University of Oklahoma and in the National Football League, and he coached in the United States Football League this past season. His son plays...

 

Missouri boarding school can remain open, with oversight

A Christian boarding school in southwestern Missouri can remain open despite the state attorney general alleging a "dark pattern of behavior," a judge ruled Monday. Judge David Munton's ruling allows continued round-the-clock monitoring of Agape...

 

After school shootings, are states making classrooms safer?

The shooting last May that killed 19 children and two teachers inside an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, led to pledges by governors in several states to make classrooms safer. But their speed in following through has varied. Here's a look at...

 

Uvalde children grapple with trauma after school massacre

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — One girl runs and hides when she sees thin people with long hair similar to the gunman who stormed into her Uvalde school and killed 21 people. One boy stopped making friends and playing with animals. A third child feels her he...

 

16 Uvalde fourth graders waited an hour with wounded teacher

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Elsa Avila slid to her phone, terrified as she held the bleeding side of her abdomen and tried to stay calm for her students. In a text to her family that she meant to send to fellow Uvalde teachers, she wrote: "I'm shot." For...

 

Education board upholds sanctions on Tulsa, Mustang for conversations on race

By majority vote, the State Board of Education on Thursday refused to reconsider sanctions it handed down to two districts last month under a state law prohibiting certain conversations on race. The board’s refusal followed a string of emotional...

 
 By JOE REEDY    Regional    August 26, 2022

Supreme Court paved way for shifting college TV landscape

Andy Coats isn't a coach or athletic director. When it comes to the seismic changes to the landscape of major college football, though, he is a seminal figure. Coats, the former dean of the University of Oklahoma law school, successfully argued...

 

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