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Perry school district pays $3.5 million in sexual abuse case

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit accusing an Oklahoma school district of shielding a sexual predator and calling children liars. Court documents show Perry Public Schools admitted liability for the "unwanted...

 

Lawsuit: Student told her skin was 'too dark' to perform

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A black student has filed a lawsuit against a Kansas school district alleging she was prevented from performing with her high school's dance team after being told her skin was "too dark" and would clash with the color of...

 

Ex-teacher, cop sentenced to probation for sex with student

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former teacher and police officer has been sentenced to probation for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. The Wichita Eagle reports 45-year-old Johnny Yelverton was sentenced to three years of probation...

 

University of Oklahoma investigates blackface, slur in video

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma says it's investigating after a video began circulating on social media showing one of its students wearing black paint on her face and using a racial epithet. The video posted Friday to Twitter...

 

Kansas State horticulture center might not close

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University's horticulture center near Wichita might not be closing after all. The university in June said it planned to close the John C. Pair Horticulture Center in Haysville, as part of a $3.5 million budget...

 

Kansas library asked to move transgender children books

ANDOVER, Kan. (AP) — Members of a Kansas public library board are considering a request to move books that include transgender characters out of the children's section. Andover resident Marci Laffen said in a written request that the books "George,...

 

OKC school district approves the use of medical marijuana

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Students in the Oklahoma City school district with medical conditions that require cannabis are now permitted to use the drug at school. The Oklahoma City Public Schools board voted to approve the policy Monday night, The...

 

Similar struggles have led to recent teacher strikes in US

The setting is different, but the complaints of teachers who are out on strike Tuesday in Los Angeles are echoing those heard in walkouts nationwide. Unlike protests that closed schools last spring in states including West Virginia, Kentucky,...

 

Filing: Kansas military school failed to supervise cadets

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas military school failed to adequately supervise cadets entrusted to its care and intentionally inflicted emotional distress in 2014 on a bullied 11-year-old student who had been physically tied together with his...

 

Colorado Gov. Polis proposes full-day kindergarten funding

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis wants to use better-than-expected tax revenue to implement free full-day kindergarten. Polis released a budget request Tuesday that includes $227 million so that all school districts can offer full-day...

 

Wichita schools look to expand breakfast options

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More Wichita students are taking part in school breakfast programs as the district works to ensure students don't start the school day hungry, which advocates say can lead to diminished learning and behavioral issues. Ten...

 

Safe rooms put in all classrooms in small Arkansas city

QUITMAN, Ark. (AP) — A school district in a small Arkansas city has installed steel safe rooms in every classroom. KTHV television station reports that installing the safe rooms cost Quitman Public Schools almost $1 million. The safe rooms can...

 

New Mexico lawmakers to focus on public education overhaul

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An overhaul of New Mexico's struggling public education system is at the forefront of legislative priorities as an expanded Democratic majority arrives at the state Capitol for a 60-day session on Tuesday. The inauguration of...

 

New Mexico governor calls for greater educational spending

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's newly inaugurated Democratic governor is proposing a half-billion dollar increase in annual state spending on public education after years of austere budgeting by her Republican predecessor. Gov. Michelle Lujan...

 

Lawrence student explores Bleeding Kansas-era hiding spots

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — As part of an unusual school project, 14-year-old Milo Bitters went to downtown clerks and shop owners with a question: could he check out their basements? In one, he found what he was looking for. In the basement of The Etc....

 

Venue change sought for teen in fatal Texas school shooting

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for an 18-year-old student are seeking a change of venue for his capital murder trial in the fatal shooting of 10 people last year at a Texas high school. Attorneys for Dimitrios Pagourtzis say in a motion filed...

 

Texas training for wind power jobs literally has ups, downs

HOUSTON (AP) — Anthony Snoddy was first to climb the 18-foot ladder. The Houston Chronicle reports as the kid who found the tallest trees and front-flipped off buildings, Snoddy, 36, wasn't worried about the height. He knew it would be part of his...

 

Oklahoma teachers take nontraditional paths to the classroom

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Susan Kleps is an art teacher at Tulsa's Webster High School whose first career was as a medic in the United States Army. Emilee Iverson teaches remedial geometry at Broken Arrow High School after recently graduating from...

 

NMSU professors get funding for virtual reality lab

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A technology company has awarded two faculty members at New Mexico State University $350,000 to create a new kind of laboratory. The university says the funding from Las Cruces-based Electronic Caregiver will be used to...

 

US Senate OKs Oklahoma professor for science policy office

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's appointment of a University of Oklahoma meteorologist as his top science adviser has been confirmed. The U.S. Senate confirmed Kelvin Droegemeier Wednesday as director of the White House Office of...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    January 4, 2019

New Mexico governor suspends student testing system

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday set in motion the replacement of the current statewide standardized testing system with a pair of executive orders that also calls for removing those exam results from...

 

Judge denies Arkansas teen's request for school service dog

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a plea by a 16-year-old Arkansas girl who sought to bring her service dog to school to help ease panic attacks that can debilitate her. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that federal Judge Brian...

 

Wichita State provost to be school's acting president

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University President John Bardo has asked Provost Richard Muma to be acting president while Bardo recovers from lung surgeries. Bardo, who is 70, was hospitalized in November with a chronic lung condition. He was...

 

Gov.-elect Kelly says she's aware of higher education issues

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly says she's aware the state may need to help higher education institutions but has more pressing issues she needs to focus on during her first legislative session. "We're going to have...

 

Hemp firm partners with UA researchers to develop cannabis

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A northwest Arkansas company plans to work with the University of Arkansas to grow, research and process hemp flowers for the budding cannabis oil industry. Fayetteville-based Arkansas Hemp Genetics LLC says it has...

 

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