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 By Tanya Manus    Regional    January 26, 2020 

Pine Ridge's Tokata Iron Eyes turns superhero in Marvel show

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Marvel's Hero Project is out to prove that superheroes live among us. One of those superheroes is activist, public speaker and high school student Tokata Iron Eyes of Pine Ridge. Tokata, 16, is featured in a recent...

 

Parent Power Summit & Education Expo to Feature Student Showcase, Movie Screening

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Families interested in educational opportunity will have a myriad of ways to learn about school choice, celebrate great schools, and search for new education options at the Oklahoma Parent Power Summit & E...

 

Oklahoma lawmakers to mull rules limiting 4-day school weeks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will consider new rules that would raise the student performance standards for schools to operate on a four-day work week. The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted Thursday in favor of adopting the...

 

CSU gets gift to open research center on cannabis compounds

DENVER (AP) — A research center at Colorado State University dedicated to studying the chemical compounds in hemp is expected to open this spring, school officials said Thursday. The announcement comes after the university received a $1.5 million...

 

There's more than one good way to teach kids how to read

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Kindel Turner Nash, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Leah Panther, Mercer University (THE CONVERSATION) We are literacy...

 

Rollback proposed for Michelle Obama school lunch guidelines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday took another step toward dismantling Michelle Obama's school nutrition guidelines, proposing a new rule that could lead to more pizza and fries and less fruit and a smaller variety of vegetables...

 

Task force recommends changes for Kansas Greek system

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A task force has recommended steps for the Greek organizations at the University of Kansas to take to eliminate hazing and to connect more with the Lawrence community. The 27-member task force established in November 2018 to...

 

University of Kansas to close its Languages school

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas will close its School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures but departments within the school will remain open and students will not be affected, according to a school official. The closing at the...

 

Alumni give Oklahoma State University $50 million donation

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Two former students have given Oklahoma State University one of its biggest donations ever, $50 million, which the school will spend on agriculture research and the construction of a new building. The contribution from...

 

Governor says school chief should be appointed, not elected

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's governor wants the state's school superintendent to be appointed rather than elected, which would give the governor more power over public education. Gov. Kevin Stitt did not specify if he wanted to appoint the...

 

An Earth-sized planet found in the habitable zone of a nearby star

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Ravi Kumar Kopparapu, NASA (THE CONVERSATION) A few months ago a group of NASA exoplanet astronomers, who are in the business of...

 

Students, faculty recount being lost at sea for hours

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) — The small boat lurched. First upward, to the crest of the oncoming wave. Then down into the valley between each 15-foot swell. Each time the nose of the small fishing vessel plunged forward, its passengers' feet lifted off...

 

Newman University professor awarded $840,000 in lawsuit

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Newman University professor who alleged the university discriminated against her because she was a woman should receive more than $800,000 in damages and be reinstated, a federal jury ruled on Monday. The jury found...

 

NBA player Enes Kanter seeks to open school in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma City Thunder player Enes Kanter plans to open a charter school in the metro area that focuses on serving low-income minority students and those from immigrant families with limited English-speaking abilities....

 

Developer of hotel near KU pleads guilty to conspiracy

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The developer of a seven-story hotel adjacent to the University of Kansas has pleaded guilty in a scheme to collect fraudulent tax refunds from the city of Lawrence. The U.S. attorney's office says 54-year-old Thomas Fritzel...

 

District to pay $165K to settle student's sex crimes suit

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $165,000 settlement between a large suburban Kansas City school district and a student who was sexually assaulted by a middle school classmate. The Shawnee Mission School District in...

 

Third OU student alleges sexual misconduct by ex-official

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A third University of Oklahoma student has come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against a former university administrator. The 21-year-old student claims in a lawsuit filed Monday that former OU Vice President Jim...

 

Gym class without the gym? With technology, it's catching on

Grace Brown's schedule at West Potomac High School in northern Virginia is filled with all the usual academics, and she's packed in Latin, chorus and piano as extras. What she can't cram into the 8:10 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. school day is gym class. So...

 

Insider Q&A: How YouTube decides what to ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Halprin, the global head of trust and safety for YouTube, has a tough job: He oversees the teams that decide what is allowed and what should be prohibited on YouTube. The Google-owned site has come under fire recently for...

 

Governor Stitt Proclaims Jan. 26-Feb. 1 "Oklahoma School Choice Week"; Joins Leaders Nationwide in Celebrating Opportunity in Education

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Stitt issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 26-Feb. 1 Oklahoma School Choice Week. In doing so, he joined dozens of other governors and hundreds of city and county leaders nationwide in recognizing the...

 

Teachers renew push to get protections from unruly students

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A group representing Nebraska public-school teachers is pushing once again for a state law that would allow educators to physically restrain violent students who pose an imminent threat. The Nebraska State Education...

 
 By Sean Pyles    Regional    January 1, 2020

Millennial Money: Focus on monthly tasks to hit 2020 goals

A year is built one day at a time. It's the busy Tuesdays when you never have a moment and the lazy Sundays when you can finally relax. Focusing on small, cumulative actions can take you far, whether you want to train for a marathon, clean out your...

 

Kansas town hopes free tuition plan attracts new residents

NEODESHA, Kan. (AP) — The small southeast Kansas town of Neodesha hopes a new program offering free college tuition to graduates of the local high school will help attract new residents. A wealthy former resident of the town about 150 miles (241...

 

Former Colombian president to deliver Kansas State lecture

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Former Colombian president and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Juan Manuel Santos is speaking next year at Kansas State University. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Santos' Feb. 4 address is part of the Landon Lecture...

 

Report sees progress after Kansas juvenile justice changes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has been putting fewer juvenile offenders in its detention center and lessening their time on probation in the three years since it overhauled its juvenile justice system to handle offenders in their home communities, a...

 

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