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Lawsuit challenges state limits on Little Rock School Board

Mar. 27, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A lawsuit was filed Friday challenging the limits Arkansas placed on the Little Rock School District when it returns to local control, including a prohibition on restoring teachers’ collective bargaining rights. The lawsuit was filed by a Little Rock teacher, a parent and a...

Tire shop owner M. Hernandez, wearing a protective face mask, waits for customers outside his shop in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration reported more new coronavirus-related deaths in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Residents are ordered to stay home, with few exceptions. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Jobless claims swamp Pennsylvania amid rise in virus cases

Mar. 26, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania rose by 50% to more than 1,600 cases, while record numbers of state residents filed for unemployment compensation, the most in the nation, according to figures released Thursday. The state Department of Health also said five...

FILE - In this May 15, 1972, file photo, unidentified students of West Charlotte High School leave a bus in Charlotte, W.Va. A man whose challenge to the notion of segregated public schools helped spark the use of busing to integrate schools has died at his Virginia home. The Rev. Darius L. Swann was 95. Swann's wife, Vera, said her husband died on March 8, 2020, of pneumonia. (AP Photo/Harold L. Valentine, File)

Darius Swann, who fought for school integration, dies at 95

Mar. 25, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

The Rev. Darius L. Swann, whose challenge to the notion of segregated public schools helped spark the use of busing to integrate schools across the country, has died at his Virginia home. He was 95. The Rev. David Ensign, interim pastor at Burke Presbyterian Church, where Swann's family attended church, confirmed...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Mar. 25, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ March 24 The Index-Journal on responsibly reporting on the new coronavirus: Newspapers are accustomed to criticism. It comes with the territory. This newspaper has not shied away from publishing letters to the editor that are critical of its coverage of news...

Josh Painter and his wife Cherylyn are making protective face shields using their 3D printers at their home for medical providers in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, March  24, 2020. Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday ordered non-essential businesses to shut down and directed elderly and medically vulnerable people to stay indoors until April 30 as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continued to climb. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.  (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)

Oklahoma schools closed as state coronavirus infections rise

Mar. 25, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted Wednesday to close public schools statewide for the remainder of the school year and to turn to distance learning in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which has now infected 164 Oklahomans. The vote came as the state...

Outgoing Maryland schools superintendent could stay in post

Mar. 25, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Superintendent of Schools had planned to step down this summer, and the state hired a search firm to find her successor, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, she may continue in her post if a replacement hasn't been found by July 1. On March 12, Superintendent Karen...

Donned in personal protective equipment, medical personnel work Monday afternoon, March 23, 2020, outside of St. Luke's Magic Valley's quick care entrance in Twin Falls, Idaho. (Drew Nash/Times-News via AP)

Idaho Board of Education orders schools closed statewide

Mar. 23, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho State Board of Education has ordered schools statewide to close until at least April 20 in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The directive was announced Monday evening, just a short time after Idaho Gov. Brad Little said during a press conference that he was not...

Officials, administrators work to form remote learning plan

Mar. 23, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — State school Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced Monday that she will propose a Continuous Learning Plan to the State Board of Education this week to complete the school year for Oklahoma students without reopening school buildings during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Oklahoma...

Utah joins states scrapping year-end tests for K-12 students

Mar. 19, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah students in public elementary, middle and high schools will not take year-end standardized tests this spring because of the coronavirus pandemic that has shuttered schools for at least two weeks, the state board of education decided Thursday. Utah's decision follows other states...

Darius James said a fear of contracting the coronavirus and the lack of available protective facemarks in central Mississippi forced him to improvise using a ski scarf for protection Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Virus concern closes Mississippi schools until mid-April

Mar. 19, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's governor said Thursday that public schools will be closed until at least April 17 to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, but he and state education leaders urged parents to make sure children continue to learn. “This is not a time to take a vacation,”...