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Kansas school district to make changes after LGBTQ dispute

AMERICUS, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district plans to offer anti-discrimination training to staff and teachers in response to complaints about how an eighth-grade student was treated after she said she was a lesbian. North Lyon County officials...

 

Kansas football coach Lance Leipold gets amended deal worth more than $40M through 2029 season

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas football coach Lance Leipold signed an amended contract Wednesday that increased his overall compensation to more than $40 million through the 2029 season while giving him a sizeable pool of money for hiring assistants...

 

Vigil held for nonbinary Oklahoma teenager who died following a school bathroom fight

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — More than two dozen people gathered at an Oklahoma church for a vigil for Nex Benedict, a nonbinary teenager who died one day after a fight in a high school bathroom. The vigil at All Saints Episcopal Church in McAlester was or...

 

Oklahoma State University launches national campaign to spur growth in groundwater industry

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University, in collaboration with the Groundwater Foundation, has launched a national campaign to bring awareness to groundwater access, education and industry training. At the center of the campaign is a...

 

Stitt calls for higher education consolidation. What could that look like in Oklahoma?

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt caught some lawmakers off guard Monday when he called for consolidating public colleges and universities in his State of the State speech. Stitt offered few specific details in his speech except to say he wants to...

 

Republican lawmakers are backing dozens of bills targeting diversity efforts on campus and elsewhere

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Diversity initiatives would be defunded or banned from universities and other public institutions under a slate of bills pending in Republican-led legislatures, with some lawmakers counting on the issue resonating with voters...

 

Kansas' AG is telling schools they must out trans kids to parents, even with no specific law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general is telling public schools they're required to tell parents their children are transgender or nonbinary even if they're not out at home, though Kansas is not among the states with a law that explicitly sa...

 

As long school funding lawsuit ends in Kansas, some fear lawmakers will backslide on education goals

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court has closed out a nearly 13-year-old lawsuit that repeatedly forced the Republican-controlled Legislature to boost funding for public schools, and Democrats predicted Wednesday that GOP colleagues soon...

 

Oklahoma asks teachers to return up to $50,000 in bonuses the state says were paid in error

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With four young children and a fifth on the way, Kristina Stadelman was ecstatic after qualifying for a $50,000 bonus for taking a hard-to-fill job as a special education teacher in Oklahoma. She used the money to finish home...

 

Oklahoma schools chief says he's trying to let teachers keep bonuses paid in error

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma State Superintendent Ryan Walters said Wednesday his agency is working to see if several teachers who were improperly awarded bonuses of up to $50,000 can keep them after he faced bipartisan criticism over attempts to...

 

Utah joins list of states to pass a bill banning diversity programs in government and on campus

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's legislature became the latest in the U.S. to pass a bill Friday prohibiting diversity training, hiring and inclusion programs at universities and in state government. The bill that cleared the state House and Senate by...

 

Oklahoma superintendent faces blowback for putting Libs of TikTok creator on library panel

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new Republican superintendent of public schools is facing bipartisan criticism for appointing a right-wing social media influencer from New York to a state library advisory committee. Superintendent of Public Instruc... Full story

 

Some Americans will get their student loans canceled in February as Biden accelerates his new plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will start canceling student loans for some borrowers starting in February as part of a new repayment plan that's taking effect nearly six months ahead of schedule. Loan cancellation was originally set to...

 

Opinion: Before boosting the budget for private school tax credits, Oklahomans need proof they work

Just a few weeks after launch, plenty of questions remain about whether the private school tax credit program is doing what GOP lawmakers promised. Does it really help families of modest means afford private school? Oklahoma Voice reporter Carmen...

 

Refugee students face the same hurdles but get different levels of support

When fifth-grader Mohammed Fáizy walked into his Tulsa school, just months after fleeing Afghanistan, he didn’t speak, read or write English. He faced the prospect of learning the language while adjusting culturally and catching up on the core...

 

National Guard deployment to Texas border paid for by disaster response funds

Oklahoma spent more than $544,000 for the state’s National Guard to help secure the U.S. border with Mexico, money that came from a disaster fund typically used for National Guard response to tornadoes and other extreme weather events. Republican...

 

Police still investigating motive of UNLV shooting; school officials cancel classes, finals

Three University of Nevada, Las Vegas faculty members died this week and another was critically injured when a lone gunman walked onto campus and opened fire in the building housing the business school. The shooting stoked fear on the 30,000-student...

 

Kansas hires former Baylor and BYU assistant Jeff Grimes as offensive coordinator

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas hired former Baylor and BYU assistant Jeff Grimes to be its assistant head coach and offensive coordinator on Thursday. Grimes has twice been a finalist for the Broyles Award, given to college football's top assistant....

 

Texas high school sends Black student back to in-school suspension over his locs hairstyle

A Texas high school sent a Black student back to in-school suspension Tuesday for refusing to change his hairstyle, renewing a monthslong standoff over a dress code policy the teen's family calls discriminatory. The student, Darryl George, was suspen...

 

Kansas school forced 8-year-old Native American boy to cut his hair, ACLU says

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas grade school forced an 8-year-old Native American boy to cut off his hair after he grew it out for cultural reasons, the American Civil Liberties Union said. In a letter sent Friday, the ACLU demanded that the Girard...

 

Oklahoma public schools show continued academic struggle in state report cards

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s public school system showed consistent levels of academic results but weakening growth in the 2022-23 school year compared to the year before. The Oklahoma State Report Card, released Wednesday, grades the success of ev...

 

Columbia, Cornell and other colleges face US inquiries over alleged antisemitism and Islamophobia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has opened civil rights investigations into seven schools and universities over allegations of antisemitism or Islamophobia since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war. The list includes three Ivy League...

 

Clashes over Israel-Hamas war shatter students' sense of safety on US college campuses

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As a Jewish student, Eden Roth always has felt safe and welcome at Tulane University, where more than 40% of the students are Jewish. That has been tested by the aftermath of last month's Hamas incursion into Israel. Graffiti...

 

Librarians turn to civil rights agency to oppose book bans and their firings

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — She refused to ban books, many of them about racism and the experiences of LGBTQ+ people. And for that, Suzette Baker was fired as a library director in a rural county in central Texas. "I'm kind of persona non grata around...

 

Largest Christian university in US faces record fine after federal probe into alleged deception

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country's largest Christian university is being fined $37.7 million by the federal government amid accusations that it misled students about the cost of its graduate programs. Grand Canyon University, which has more than 100,0...

 

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