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Initiative backers call it quits on education ballot drive

Aug. 13, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho group that had been collecting online signatures for an education initiative called off the effort on Thursday following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against them late last month. The court case remains alive, but it’s back at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and not...

Washington families say law hurts students with disabilities

Aug. 13, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Three families in three Washington state have asked a judge to overturn emergency education rules they say have hindered special-education students. The families say in a complaint that under a new law, the burden of delivering education to special-education students now falls to parents....

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus sits in front of a mural at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

Aug. 12, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reports the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that...

Tennessee state senator pleads not guilty to federal charges

Aug. 12, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator has pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds received by a health care school she directed and using the money to pay for personal items and expenses. Democratic Sen. Katrina Robinson entered her plea Tuesday during an...

A few Arizona districts moving to start in-person learning

Aug. 12, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — At few Arizona school districts are moving to begin in-person learning next Monday over the objections of some teachers, a decision applauded by some parents and students. The board of the Queen Creek Unified School District outside Phoenix voted Tuesday to resume in-person learning and the...

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...

Cuomo: NY lacks reopening plans from 1 in 7 school districts

Aug. 10, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As many as 1 in 7 New York school districts have yet to submit a plan to the state's health agency for the opening of the new school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. The governor said districts that don't submit their plans by Friday cannot provide in-person learning this year. He...

St. Francis Xavier School students and their families walk together in Newark, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, after discussing the Catholic school's permanent closure announced the previous week by the Archdiocese of Newark. Nationwide, more than 140 Catholic schools will not reopen in the fall. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Amid pandemic, future of many Catholic schools is in doubt

Aug. 9, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As the new academic year arrives, school systems across the United States are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Roman Catholic educators have an extra challenge — trying to forestall a relentless wave of closures of their schools that has no end in sight. Already this...

Families create 'learning pods' amid uncertain school year

Aug. 8, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The unprecedented uncertainty whipped up by COVID-19 just weeks before the start of the school year is prompting an increasing number of parents to pursue what amounts to an academic side hustle — small-group “learning pods” that families hope will bring some stability...

Ohio Supreme Court to hear armed school staff training case

Aug. 7, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a school district's appeal of a ruling that they must provide police-level training to employees carrying concealed weapons. Madison Local Schools voted to allow armed school employees after a 2016 shooting in which two students were shot and wounded...