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Trial to determine if Texas school's punishment of a Black student over his hair violates new law

Feb. 22, 2024 00:13 AM EST

ANAHUAC, Texas (AP) — A trial is set to be held Thursday to determine if a Black high school student in Texas can continue being punished by his district for refusing to change his hairstyle, which he and his family say is protected by a new state law that prohibits race-based hair...

Going on 30 years, an education funding dispute returns to the North Carolina Supreme Court

Feb. 22, 2024 00:09 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Longstanding education funding litigation is returning to North Carolina's highest court hardly a year after a majority of justices — all Democrats — agreed that taxpayer money could be moved to spend on addressing schooling inequities statewide without the express...

Georgia GOP senators seek to ban sexually explicit books from school libraries, reduce sex education

Feb. 21, 2024 21:51 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican senators in Georgia want to cull sexually explicit books from schools, ban sex education for younger students, display the Ten Commandments in classrooms and allow religious chaplains to counsel teachers and students. The measures, which passed Senate...

Biden says too many Americans are saddled with school debt as he cancels federal loans for 153,000

Feb. 21, 2024 20:50 PM EST

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that while a college degree was still a ticket to a better life, that ticket is often too expensive, as he announced he was canceling federal student loans for nearly 153,000 borrowers. Biden, who is in the midst of a...

Wisconsin school district releases tape of Black superintendent's comments that led to resignation

Feb. 21, 2024 20:24 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay school district on Wednesday released the recording of its first Black superintendent's appearance on an Atlanta radio show in which he made blunt comments about race relations, criticized the community and derided one of the district's principals. ...

Schools say dress codes promote discipline. But many Black students see traces of racism

Feb. 21, 2024 19:45 PM EST

For as long as schools have policed hairstyles as part of their dress codes, some students have seen the rules as attempts to deny their cultural and religious identities. Nowhere have school rules on hair been a bigger flashpoint than in Texas, where a trial this week is set to...

Police say armed Texas student wounded by officers in school had meant to hurt people

Feb. 21, 2024 19:27 PM EST

A student who carried a handgun into school in Texas had meant to harm others before three police officers fired 19 times at him, leaving him with a minor leg wound, police said Wednesday. “He brought a gun to school to hurt people,” Mesquite police Lt. Brandon Ricketts said....

West Virginia House OKs bill to allow teachers with training to carry guns, other weapons in schools

Feb. 21, 2024 17:54 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican-controlled House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow teachers and other school staff who undergo training to carry guns in K-12 public schools. The bill, which now heads to the Senate, would allow teachers,...

Dartmouth College to honor memory of football coach Teevens with celebration, athletic complex name

Feb. 21, 2024 16:38 PM EST

Dartmouth College will honor the memory of its winningest football coach by adding his name to its athletic complex next fall. Buddy Teevens, known nationally for his efforts to make football safer, died in September of injuries he had sustained in a bicycle accident six months...

Indiana lawmakers join GOP-led states trying to target college tenure

Feb. 21, 2024 16:08 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Legislators in Indiana advanced a bill Wednesday that would limit tenure at public colleges and universities, joining conservative lawmakers across the country creating state laws to influence operations on campuses they view as unfriendly or hostile to conservative students...