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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...

 

Texas top cop: Uvalde police could've ended rampage early on

Texas top cop: Uvalde police could've ended rampage early on AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police had enough officers and firepower on the scene of the Uvalde school massacre to have stopped the gunman three minutes after he entered the building, and they...

 

Report: Police at school had rifles earlier than known

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Multiple police officers stood in a hallway at Robb Elementary School armed with rifles and at least one ballistic shield within 19 minutes of a gunman arriving at the campus, according to documents reviewed by the Austin Ameri...

 

Judge throws out $4 million award for transgender student

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has thrown out a $4.2 million jury award in a lawsuit filed by a transgender student in the Blues Springs School District who was denied access to male locker rooms and bathrooms. The student, identified in court...

 
 By JIM VERTUNO    Regional    June 1, 2022

Texas police: Teacher closed propped-open door before attack

An exterior door at Robb Elementary School did not lock when it was closed by a teacher shortly before a gunman used it to get inside and kill 19 students and two teachers, leaving investigators searching to determine why, state police said Tuesday....

 

Oklahoma governor signs transgender bathroom bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed a bill requiring public school students to use only the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate. About a dozen conservative states have passed laws targeting the transgender...

 

Daughter and her best friends 'are all gone now,' dad says

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Jacklyn Cazares hadn't yet reached her 10th birthday, but her father described her as a tough-minded "firecracker" always looking to help people in need. Jacklyn and her second cousin, Annabelle Rodriguez, were especially...

 

Texas shooter sent warning signs, messages, mostly too late

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Monday morning at Robb Elementary School, a line of graduating high school seniors in maroon caps and gowns paid a visit to the children to offer smiles, high fives and encouragement that one day, if they studied hard enough, t...

 

Despite ample school security plan, Texas shooter found gaps

Robb Elementary School had measures in place to prevent this kind of violence. A fence lined the school property. Teachers were ordered to keep classroom doors closed and locked. Students faced regular lockdown and evacuation drills. But when an...

 

Texas governor: 15 killed in school shooting; gunman dead

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Fourteen children and one teacher were killed in a shooting at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, and the 18-year-old gunman was dead, Gov. Greg Abbott said. Abbott said a local man opened fire at Robb Elementary School in... Full story

 

Onlookers urged police to charge into Texas school

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman's rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, as investigators worked to track the massacre that...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    May 20, 2022

Oklahoma legislature approves ban on trans school bathrooms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature on Thursday approved a bill requiring public and public charter school students to use only the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate. About a dozen conservative states have passed laws...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    May 18, 2022

Sex abuse suit filed against Oklahoma City Catholic school

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ten current and former students of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City and six parents or guardians are suing the private school, alleging it fostered "a rape culture" for more than 10 years. School officials h...

 
 By PAUL J. WEBER    Regional    May 6, 2022

Explainer: Schools may be Texas' next immigration fight

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right to a public education for all students regardless of legal status, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says that decision is another longstanding precedent worth challenging. The...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 29, 2022

GOP ties boost in Kansas school funding to 'open enrollment'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas on Thursday approved an increase in funding for public schools but tied the extra money to allowing parents to send their children to any school with room for them. The measure passed by the...

 

Kansas college looking into alleged water cooler tampering

LINDSBORG, Kan. (AP) — Bethany College is investigating an allegation someone associated with its baseball program deliberately contaminated a water cooler used by its opponent this past weekend. Athletic director Laura Moreno confirmed the...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 17, 2022

Kansas governor signs new legislative, school board maps

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday signed a redistricting measure expected to preserve Republican supermajorities in the Kansas Legislature while also making it possible for conservatives to elect more members to the state...

 

Washburn University president Farley to plans to retire

TOPEKA, Kan (AP) — Washburn University President Jerry Farley plans to retire after 25 years leading the school in Topeka, the university announced Monday. The university said Farley, who has been Washburn president since July 1, 1997, will retire...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 17, 2022

Wefald remembered as leader who made Kansas State 'relevant'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Jon Wefald is being remembered as "a human dynamo," a Kansas State University president for more than two decades who increased its enrollment, improved academic programs and boosted research funding — while finally finding a...

 

Nine more lawsuits filed against Missouri boarding school

STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) — Nine more former students of a southwest Missouri boarding school allege in lawsuits that they were abused while attending the school. With the nine new lawsuits filed Friday, the Agape Boarding School in Stockton and the...

 

Adjustments earn Bill Self second national title at Kansas

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kansas spent the first 20 minutes forcing shots and passes, missing layups and pressing the issue instead of pressing forward. The next 20 turned into a master class in coaching by Bill Self — with a spicy dash of Remy Martin....

 
 By JIM SALTER    Regional    April 3, 2022

Missouri regulates boarding schools after abuse allegations

Maggie Drew's dad sent her to Circle of Hope Girls' Ranch in Missouri in 2007, hoping strict Christian teachings would stop his 14-year-old daughter's teenage rebellion. Instead, Drew said, she found herself in a nightmare, sexually abused by one of...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 1, 2022

Oklahoma, Arizona governors sign transgender sports bans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican governors in Oklahoma and Arizona both signed bills into law on Wednesday that prevent transgender girls and women from competing on female sports teams, joining more than a dozen other states with similar laws....

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 30, 2022

GOP leader hopes new map moves Kansas school board to right

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas are pushing a redistricting plan that the state Senate's top GOP leader hopes will move the state school board to the right and give conservatives more say over what's taught in public schools....

 

'Grooming': The ubiquitous buzzword in LGBTQ school debate

Proponents of restrictions on how U.S. public schools address sexual orientation and gender identity say their ultimate goal is to allow parents more involvement in their children's education and ensure classroom materials are age-appropriate. But...

 

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