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In this May 5, 2020, photo provided by Christina Rothermel Branham, is her son James, doing school work at their Tahlequah, Oklahoma home. Branham, a psychology and counseling professor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, said she is going to attempt virtual learning through her local school district for her son. But she plans to switch to a homeschooling curriculum of her choosing if it isn't going well after about a month, noting that the virtual learning she oversaw in the spring was

Interest in homeschooling has 'exploded' amid pandemic

Aug. 12, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — As parents nationwide prepare to help their children with more distance learning, a small but quickly growing number are deciding to take matters entirely into their own hands and begin homeschooling. Some are worried their districts are unable to offer a strong virtual learning...

2 Alabama schools go virtual after positive COVID-19 test

Aug. 12, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) — More than 1,200 students at two small-town Alabama schools will begin the year at home after a person connected with both tested positive for COVID-19. While 12 other Lawrence County schools planned to begin traditional classes Wednesday morning, Superintendent Jon Bret Smith told the...

School year begins for some New Mexico districts

Aug. 12, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The school year is getting underway at some of New Mexico’s largest public school districts as teachers, students and parents deal with remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. Albuquerque Public Schools started Wednesday as schools in the district have been distributing...

NH requiring face masks at events with more than 100 people

Aug. 11, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu issued an executive order Tuesday requiring masks to be worn at scheduled gatherings of more than 100 people. Sununu, a Republican, has resisted calls to mandate the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, and the new...

This image released by Jennifer Asbury shows her kids, Luca Asbury, 6, left, and her brother Will Asbury, 8, with their dog Drake in Littleton, Colo. Will Asbury is going into third grade. School starts Aug. 24 and he'll be there in person. There was a distance learning option but Will and his little sister, Luca, wanted to go. (Jennifer Asbury via AP)

What do the kids say? K-12 students sound off on school

Aug. 11, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Parents have weighed in on reopening schools. Teachers have weighed in. Public health experts, too, along with cities, states and President Donald Trump. But what about the kids themselves? As the grown-ups fret, kindergartners to high schoolers faced with a range of scenarios for virtual...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Aug. 11, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Idaho newspapers: If the warning light flashes, don’t turn it off The Lewiston Tribune Aug 9 You wouldn’t override a circuit breaker that constantly flips. The answer to a blaring smoke detector is not removing its batteries. And disabling...

Women wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus walks by an advertising board displaying an American flag and Statue of Liberty on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China's biggest recent outbreak of coronavirus has grown slightly. Hundreds people have developed COVID-19 in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, with more than dozens of new cases reported Thursday in its capital and largest city, Urumqi. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Aug. 10, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the world has reached 20 million. That’s according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers a question during a roundtable meeting with transportation industry leaders at the Hilton Orlando-Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. DeSantis addressed coronavirus and state transportation construction concerns. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Some Florida schools start as new coronavirus cases drop

Aug. 10, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Students began returning to some Florida college campuses on Monday and some public school classrooms in rural districts opened with new safety precautions in place as the state reported the fewest new daily cases of COVID-19 in more than a month. Classes for new students started...

FILE - This Sept. 13, 2019, file photo shows the closed office of Indiana Virtual School, in Indianapolis. State auditors have determined a central Indiana school district should repay $2.2 million for failing to properly supervise two online charter schools that allegedly padded their enrollments by about 14,000 students over eight years. That State Board of Accounts report on the Daleville Community Schools followed a state audit released in February 2020 about Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy. (AP Photo/Tom Davies File)

Indiana report blames district in online enrollment fraud

Aug. 10, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

DALEVILLE, Ind. (AP) — State auditors have determined a central Indiana school district should repay $2.2 million for failing to properly supervise two online charter schools accused of padding their enrollments by about 14,000 students over eight years. The Daleville Community Schools received the money...

Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 10, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

San Antonio Express-News. Aug. 9, 2020 A step closer to telling full Latino story A nation’s story will never be fully told if it excludes or minimizes the stories of all the people who make it a nation. Throughout most of the history of the United States, the telling of the American story has been...