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2 students arrested for "hoax" threats to Oklahoma school

YUKON, Okla. (AP) — Two students have been arrested for what police say were hoax threats on social media to a suburban Oklahoma City school district. Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Jason Simeroth and Police Chief John Corn said at a news...

 

Shawnee Mission district adopts LGBTQ protections

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Johnson County school district has voted to add LGBTQ protections to its nondiscrimination policy. The Shawnee Mission school board voted unanimously Monday night to adopt the LGBTQ language. It joins nearby districts...

 

University of Kansas ending science, math teaching programs

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas plans to close its Center for STEM Learning and a program designed to attract math and science teachers. Program director Steven Case said Friday that the center and the UKanTeach program will close...

 

Museum will honor washerwoman who funded scholarships

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The wood-frame home where a Mississippi washerwoman lived as she scrimped to create a scholarship fund has been moved to a museum district honoring African American accomplishments. The Hattiesburg home of the late Oseola...

 

MNTC superintendent wants to make it 'greater'

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The future of CareerTech in Cleveland County rests in new Moore Norman Technology Center Superintendent Brian Ruttman. So it's a good thing he's familiar with its past, too. Ruttman is simply staying in the family business,... Full story

 

Oklahoma woman accused of threatening to shoot up old school

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old Oklahoma woman accused of threatening to carry out a mass shooting at her old high school. Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris says Alexis Wilson, of McAlester, was arrested Monday...

 

More district schools offer full-time virtual programs. Do they work?

Melanie Brungardt's four children were frustrated at school. Brungardt, of Oklahoma City, said some Putnam City Schools classes had too many students, and teachers were forced to spend more time on... Full story

 

Man admits sexually assaulting young student on school bus

GIRARD, Kan. (AP) — A 22-year-old southeast Kansas man who was a school bus monitor has admitted to sexually abusing an elementary school student. Jacob Quentin Bryant, of Arma, pleaded guilty Tuesday to rape and aggravated indecent liberties with...

 

Shawnee Mission district to settle sexual assault lawsuit

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The Shawnee Mission School District will settle a lawsuit that alleged school officials didn't act when a male student was repeatedly accused of sexual offenses before he assaulted a student in a middle school classroom....

 

K-State announces $105M in capital improvement project

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State announced a $105 million capital improvement project Saturday that includes a large renovation of Bill Snyder Family Stadium and additional projects to help other athletic programs. The school already has raised...

 

In a jiu-jitsu studio, kids grapple with insecurity

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — On a steamy summer morning in Memphis, students spanning decades in age filed into Stardust Jiu Jitsu, a small gym space that faces Sam Cooper Boulevard in the Binghampton area. On a black mat custom-cut to fit a slim space,...

 

How to increase access to gifted programs for low-income students and children of color

(THE CONVERSATION) Many of the public school gifted and talented programs that serve high-ability students don’t reflect the diversity of their communities. New York City, with roughly 1.1 million students, is an extreme example. While roughly 4...

 

Kansas high school custodian charged with child sex crimes

WINFIELD, Kan. (AP) — A custodian at a south-central Kansas high school has been charged with child sex crimes. Twenty-one-year-old Brenden Jantzen was charged Wednesday with one count indecent liberties with a child, a girl under the age of 16....

 

Charter schools board's director resigning after DUI arrest

PHOENIX (AP) — The executive director of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools is resigning in the wake of his May 20 arrest on felony DUI charges. News outlets reported that Charles Tack resigned effective Oct. 4. The 32-year-old Tack...

 

Springdale's students get new alternative learning center

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — The Archer Learning Center's new home adjacent to Murphy Park has excited its students, Principal Coby Davis noticed. "Kids are a lot more interested when it feels like the space is made for them," he told the Northwest...

 

Cuban dance teacher shares passion at University of Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — He covers ground quickly as he circles his partner with huge but graceful steps. Then with surprising strength, he swiftly scoops up his female counterpart as the music swells. Karel Cruz made his name and living as the... Full story

 

UMKC settles lawsuits with professor who alleged retaliation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri-Kansas City associate professor whose complaints led to the eventual ouster of a top pharmacy professor has agreed to a $360,000 settlement of two lawsuits he filed alleging that university...

 

Italy's Stromboli volcano erupts anew, spewing fiery lava

ROME (AP) — The Stromboli volcano has erupted, spewing fiery chunks of lava onto the tiny Italian island and alarming residents and tourists. The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology says a strong volcanic explosion just after noon...

 

Black faculty numbers increase at University of Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four years after hundreds of students protested a racist campus culture at the University of Missouri, the number of minority faculty has ticked up slightly, but numbers still lag the national average and the school...

 

STEM centers, maker space coming to Oklahoma City schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new emphasis on STEM education in Oklahoma City arrived in a flurry of paint and power tools. Preparations are underway to open centers for STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in local schools and a...

 

Safe Bet: Vegas set to bid to host numerous NCAA events

NEW YORK (AP) — Las Vegas is going to take a chance on hosting major college sporting events. The city is set to bid on nearly a half dozen different NCAA championship events, including women's basketball. The NCAA will start accepting bids Monday...

 

Kansas launches prison book policy, strikes banned book list

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The new Kansas corrections chief has abolished a list of 7,000 books banned from state prisons and adopted a policy that allows for the review and appeal of confiscated publications. Jeff Zmuda became the acting secretary of the...

 

Kansas college known for auto restoration gets $1M donation

MCPHERSON, Kan. (AP) — A California couple has donated $1 million to a Kansas college that offers an auto restoration program that has trained several people who worked on a classic car they own. The Hays Post reports that real-estate developers...

 

14-year-old accused of pointing gun at girls near school

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a 14-year-old was arrested after he pointed a loaded gun at a group of girls near a Wichita elementary school. Police spokesman Charley Davidson says the boy has been booked into juvenile intake on suspicion of...

 

FBI investigating University of Kansas research complex

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Federal authorities are conducting an investigation at a research facility on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton confirmed the FBI and Lawrence police were at the Life Sciences...

 

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