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Student arrested at Kansas high school with gun in backpack

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — A high school student in the Kansas City, Kansas, suburb of Shawnee was found with a handgun in his backpack at school, police and school officials there said. The gun and other contraband were found by Shawnee Mission...

 

Wichita schools moving more students to in-person classes

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The largest school district in Kansas plans to transition more students to in-person classes next week. Wichita Public Schools announced that starting Monday seniors and sixth-grade students will attend class on-site every day...

 

Manhattan businesses trying to end Fake Patty's Day event

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Businesses in Manhattan's Aggieville entertainment district don't plan to support the traditional Fake Patty Day's celebration this year. The event has been held in March before students go on spring break, and it drew...

 

Topeka students renew push for school to change name

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Students of a high school in Topeka named for an early 20th century Ku Klux Klan leader have launched a petition effort seeking to have the name changed. An offshoot of the school's Young Democrats group is hoping to collect...

 

Kansas Senate votes to expand private school tax credit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has approved a bill to expand the state's private school tax credit program to apply to all students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. The Senate voted 23-14 on Thursday to expand program, which...

 

Kansas schools rush to vaccinate teachers ahead of reopening

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas school districts are rushing to vaccinate their teachers in preparation for an eventual return to a full reopening of classrooms and before a more contagious strain of the coronavirus can spread throughout the state....

 

Northern New Mexico College announces cannabis program

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Northern New Mexico College has placed cannabis — or rather, the cannabis industry — in its course catalogue. The Española-based college is launching an online class that focuses on preparing professionals to be successfu...

 

University of Kansas faculty group decries dismissal policy

A group of University of Kansas faculty hosted a virtual town hall meeting Thursday night to "Defend KU" against a new Board of Regents policy that makes it easier to fire, dismiss or suspend university employees, including tenured faculty. The...

 

Wichita school board considers changing Redskins mascot name

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita school board plans to discuss whether to change the Redskins mascot name at North High School. The board's agenda for its Monday meeting noted many organizations and teams, on all levels, have discussed or changed...

 

GOP states weigh limits on how race and slavery are taught

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Complaining about what he called indoctrination in schools, former President Donald Trump created a commission that promoted "patriotic" education and played down America's role in slavery. But though he's out of the White...

 

Oklahoma high school marks anniversary of students' deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A suburban Oklahoma City high school on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the deaths of three members of its cross country team with gatherings of students, while making counselors and therapy dogs available. "This is a somber...

 

Kansas lawmakers push civics test for high school graduation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas lawmaker and the state's Republican attorney general are pushing a bill to require high school students to pass a civics test to graduate in an effort to increase civic engagement. The proposal is facing pushback from...

 

Black Kansas cheerleader kicked off squad; now coach resigns

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — A white woman has resigned as the head cheer coach at a private Kansas university after a Black cheerleader said she was kicked off the squad over an argument about her nearly 3-foot-long (0.91 meters) braids. The Kansas City St...

 

More Oklahoma students returning to classroom amid pandemic

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Amid the pandemic, students in fifth through 12th grades in Oklahoma City Public Schools are set to return to the classroom for in-person learning starting on Tuesday. Students in the school district began the spring semester...

 

In-person classes planned for fall at Oklahoma State

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma State University officials on Thursday announced plans to return fully to in-person classes beginning with the fall semester in August. “We will listen and follow guidelines from the experts including wearing masks...

 

Oklahoma City Community College removes Land Run monument

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Community College has recently removed the controversial Land Run monument from its campus, college officials said. The concrete monument quickly became the subject of numerous complaints expressed through social...

 

Bill would help low income students attend private schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal to expand a program that uses tax credits to help low-income students attend private schools. Supporters of the bill told House and Senate committees Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic...

 

Most Kansas universities won't use new dismissal policy

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is the only one of six public universities in the state that will consider using a new policy that makes it easier to fire, suspend or dismiss employees, including tenured faculty. The Kansas Board of...

 

Regents give university CEOs more power to fire employees

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of six state universities in Kansas will have more flexibility in deciding to suspend or fire employees, including tenured faculty, under a temporary policy approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. The regents said...

 

Company recalls contaminated milk given to Oklahoma children

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma schools are advising people to throw away milk products received from districts last week after a dairy company recalled its chocolate milk because some of it may have been contaminated. Hiland Dairy is recalling...

 

Anonymous couple pledges $3.5 million to Wichita State

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An anonymous couple from Kansas has pledged an estate gift of $3.5 million to the Wichita State Foundation. The money will be used to endow a general scholarship fund for students who have financial need, the university said...

 

Oklahoma City schools to resume some in-person classes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City school district is set to resume some in-person classes for the district's youngest students and those in alternative education, Superintendent Sean McDaniel said Saturday. Pre-kindergarten through 4th grade...

 

University withdraws directive muting Kansas student paper

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The president of Haskell Indian Nations University has walked back a directive instructing the school's student newspaper editor not to contact any government agency for information while representing the newspaper or...

 

Oklahoma governor pushes for return to in-person schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday announced a new policy that he said will allow more in-person classroom teaching at state schools that implement mask wearing requirements, despite the rising number of coronavirus cases in...

 

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