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New Mexico TV stations to broadcast classes for K-5 students

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With New Mexico schools shut down for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus outbreak, three public television stations on Monday will begin broadcasting class lessons for home learning for students in grades...

 
 By Hector Chapa    Regional    April 5, 2020 

Why wear face masks in public? Here's what the research shows

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Hector Chapa, Texas A&M University (THE CONVERSATION) With the coronavirus pandemic quickly spreading, U.S. health officials have...

 

Room to Read Releases Hundreds of Free Online Children's Books During COVID-19 School Closures Alongside Celebrity Video Read-Alouds

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 6, 2020-- Room to Read, a global organization focused on children's literacy and girls' education, has released a library of celebrity read-aloud videos alongside hundreds of free digitized children's books,...

 

What you need to do to get your government stimulus check

The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks within the next few weeks. The payments are part of the $2.2 trillion rescue package signed into law last week by President Donald Trump aimed at...

 

Newspaper apologizes after April Fools' prank causes panic

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma newspaper has apologized and retracted a story intended as an April Fools' prank that claimed all students in one Tulsa-area school district must repeat their current grade level. All schools in Oklahoma have been...

 

K-State brings back ex-player Southwell as assistant coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State brought back former player Shane Southwell as an assistant basketball coach Tuesday, rounding out Bruce Weber's staff after Brad Korn left to become the head coach at Southeast Missouri. Southwell was a standout...

 
 By Alex Portal    Regional    March 29, 2020

Black Hills cattle rancher keeps region's history alive

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — The cattle industry has played as major a role in the history of the Black Hills as the gold rush of 1876, and it continues to shape that history to this day. Aaron Thompson is one Black Hills rancher keeping that history...

 
 By TED ANTHONY    Regional    March 29, 2020

In virus times, have Americans found a shared experience?

As an uneasy March unspooled, as coronavirus dread descended upon the United States, it became commonplace — and, for public figures, quite practical — to point out how, unlike most major events in the 21st century, this was an unusually...

 

School food prep worker tests positive for the coronavirus

TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) — An eastern Kansas school district is suspending its grab-and-go sack lunch program for a week after a worker with the district's drive-thu program tested positive for the coronavirus. The Tonganoxie school district said in...

 

VIRUS DIARY: `When are we going to the playground, Mama?'

OAKLAND, California (AP) — "When are we going to the playground, Mama?" she asks again today, like she did yesterday and the day before that. I tell her we are not going to the playground today, that we can go for a walk, remember the virus we...

 

With schools everywhere suspended, an education expert answers 4 questions about the upheaval

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jon Pedersen, University of South Carolina (THE CONVERSATION) Most of the school systems that shut their doors due to the COVID-19...

 
 By TED ANTHONY    Regional    March 22, 2020

Taking stock of strange days: The week that America changed

Change came to the United States of America during the third week of March in 2020. It did not come all at once, though it came quite rapidly. As had happened in other lands, there was no explosion, no invasion other than a microscopic one that... Full story

 

University of Texas professor pairs art with advocacy

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Christopher "Chris" Stanley is an associate professor of art at the University of Texas Permian Basin, but that identity falls far short of telling who he is. Tracing his development to experiences when he was 14 and in his...

 

Officials, administrators work to form remote learning plan

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma education officials are working with administrators to form a remote-learning plan to prepare for the likely extended school shutdown amid public health concerns spurred by the new coronavirus pandemic. The Oklahoma...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 20, 2020

GOP right pushes back on Kansas governor for closing schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As most of the U.S. raced to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, conservative Republican lawmakers in Kansas moved Wednesday to limit their Democratic governor's emergency powers, including the ability to establish...

 

Johnson County Community College hires president

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus, Johnson County Community College has hired a new president. The college's Board of Trustees on Thursday selected Andrew Bowne, who is currently senior vice president of...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 19, 2020

GOP right pushes back on Kansas governor for closing schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As most of the U.S. raced to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, conservative Republican lawmakers in Kansas moved Wednesday to limit their Democratic governor's emergency powers, including the ability to establish...

 
 By SHERI GOURD    Regional    March 15, 2020

Students travel to Tahlequah to study 'forced migration'

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Tahlequah was recently a stop on an 18-day field trip for seven middle-schoolers from a small school in Burnsville, North Carolina. The theme is "forced migrations," and one of the leaders, Brad Archer, is a graduate of...

 

Oklahoma Board of Regents denounces use of racial slurs

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents called racial slurs that two professors used in their classrooms "disgusting" during its first meeting since dozens of students staged a sit-in outside the school's administrative...

 

Kansas colleges struggle to keep Latino students enrolled

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The good news for Kansas public colleges: 1,000 more Latino students will be enrolled a decade from now, enough to fill the seats left empty by fewer white students. The bad news? The state predicts fewer students will earn a d...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Regional    March 6, 2020

Kansas objects to NCAA charges in response to allegations

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas forcefully objected to charges that its storied men's basketball program, currently No. 1 in the nation, and its football programs had committed significant violations tied primarily to recruiting when...

 

Ex-school resource officer pleads guilty to child sex crimes

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas City, Kansas, school resource officer faces a maximum of just over 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex crimes against children. Michael Eugene English Sr. pleaded guilty Monday to three counts...

 

Epic Charter grads less likely to enroll in college

Like many teenagers, Maggie Waldon caught a sort of senioritis halfway through a traditional high school. She was ready to be done. With two years left, she enrolled in Epic Charter Schools, the... Full story

 

University of Kansas settles age discrimination suit

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has settled an age discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee who said he was ousted in retaliation for raising the alarm that his department was told to fill job openings with...

 

Students end sit-in outside University of Oklahoma offices

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Dozens of students at the University of Oklahoma have ended a sit-in outside the university's administrative offices following two instances in which professors used racial slurs in their classrooms. The three-day sit-in...

 

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