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Oklahoma lawmakers seek return to 5-day school weeks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that would force more Oklahoma school districts to return to five-day school weeks has been given final legislative approval and is heading to the governor's desk. A top priority of Senate Republicans this year, the...

 
 By Josh Dulaney    Regional    May 23, 2019

Oklahoma City man receives a Ph.D. by using hip-hop research

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Stevie "Dr. View" Johnson wants to elevate the lives of young people of color, one beat, one rhyme and one doctorate degree at a time. A 29-year-old music producer from Longview, Texas, who put roots down in Oklahoma City with...

 

Kansas to sell former Oldfather Studios building

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas plans to put a building that has been vacant for two years on the market. A budget bill signed Monday by Gov. Laura Kelly includes a provision allowing the university to sell Oldfather Studios, which...

 

Texas House Oks school safety bill after mass shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bill that would "harden" Texas campuses with increased security and a boost in student mental health resources has cleared a key hurdle in the Legislature a year after a mass shooting at a local high school killed eight...

 

Kansas to award master's degree to student who died in class

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas plans to award a posthumous master's degree to a 30-year-old student who died in class. Mahmoud Samak, a graduate student from Cairo, will receive the award from the university's Religious Studies...

 

Colorado lawmakers form committee to study school safety

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers will study school safety after a fatal shooting and a reported threat refocused attention on the issue this spring. Democratic and Republican leaders announced the eight-member committee on Friday. Members will be...

 
 By HUNTER FIELD    Regional    May 19, 2019

Longtime Arkansas teacher awarded computer science honor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A longtime math teacher who switched to computer science three years ago recently won Arkansas' inaugural Computer Science Educator of the Year Award. Gov. Asa Hutchinson gave the recognition to Lake Hamilton High School...

 

University of Oklahoma law dean named interim president

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A law school dean will serve as University of Oklahoma's interim president following the sudden resignation of the school's current leader, who'd served less than a year in his role. The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents...

 
 By Aaron Randle    Regional    May 17, 2019

Majority black high school grapples with demographic changes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Earlier this school year during an American history class at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, veteran teacher Deborah Etterling fielded a concern from a student unlike any other she had encountered in her 32 years at...

 

Retired Springfield teacher acquitted of abusing a child

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A retired Springfield teacher has been found not guilty of sexually abusing a child. A jury on Thursday acquitted 74-year-old Danny Carroll of two counts of first-degree child molestation. Carroll worked more than 30 years...

 

Ex-New Mexico teacher gets 108 years in prison for sex abuse

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico teacher convicted of sexually abusing two fourth-grade girls more than a decade ago has been sentenced to 108 years in prison. The Albuquerque Journal reports Gary Gregor was sentenced Thursday in a...

 

The Brown v. Board of Education case didn't start how you think it did

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) As the nation celebrates the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, the case is often rec...

 

Little Rock school leaders delay vote on marijuana policy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An advisory board has delayed a vote on whether to recommend banning Little Rock School District employees from using medical marijuana on district property. The Little Rock School District is under state control, but its...

 

University of Oklahoma regents to consider interim president

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents will consider naming an interim or acting university president this week. The board will meet Thursday in Oklahoma City following Sunday's announcement by President James Gallogly...

 

Kansas college agrees to outside probe after player's death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas community college agreed under mounting pressure to an independent investigation into the heatstroke death last year of a football player who collapsed after the first day of conditioning practice. Trustees for Garden...

 

Kansas educators face quick rise in vaping at schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas educators are rushing to find ways to respond to a sharp increase in the number of students using electronic cigarettes in the state's high schools. The state Board of Education heard from educators on Tuesday that about...

 

OU Board of Regents approve alcohol sales at sporting events

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — University of Oklahoma officials have authorized the sale of alcoholic drinks at athletic events. The Oklahoman reports that the OU Board of Regents authorized the move Friday after President James Gallogly recommended it to...

 

College graduates honor student who died stopping gunman

DENVER (AP) — Colorado School of Mines graduates are honoring a suburban Denver student who was shot and killed while tackling a gunman who opened fire at his high school. KMGH-TV reports that electrical engineering students wore stickers on their...

 

Missouri State OKs $2.2 million Ozarks Education Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Officials at Missouri State University have approved a plan for a $2.2 million Ozarks Education Center that will be constructed on the shores of Bull Shoals Lake. The project features a classroom meeting space that can hold...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 10, 2019

Oklahoma governor, Senate near deal on teacher pay raise

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt and Senate Republicans reached a tentative agreement Thursday on a plan to give Oklahoma teachers another $1,200 pay raise next year, resolving a major stumbling block on a budget agreement. Senate President...

 

Oklahoma AG files murder charge in man's drug overdose death

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general has filed a murder charge against a man suspected of providing a lethal dose of methamphetamine to another man who died moments after injecting it. Tulsa County court records indicate that Attorney...

 

Shots fired on Kansas State campus; no injuries reported

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University officials say a dispute between individuals that led to shots being fired on its parking lot appears to be unrelated to the Manhattan campus. No injuries have been reported after shots were fired...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 10, 2019

Kansas faces questions about school funding law before court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Supreme Court that has repeatedly forced state legislators to increase spending on public schools directed tough questions Thursday to an attorney attacking a new funding law as inadequate, with one justice wondering...

 

Kansas graduates seek to remember classmate who died

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Some graduating students are seeking to remember during commencement a Kansas classmate who died two weeks before the start of her senior year. The Lawrence Journal-World reports 17-year-old Aftyn Hankins died on Aug. 2...

 

Kansas governor hopes extra state dollars prompt tuition cut

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly says she hopes that extra state funding for the Kansas higher education system will lead to lower tuition for students and their families. Kelly on Friday touted the additional $33 million included for higher...

 

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