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Text of South Carolina governor's State of the State address

Jan. 22, 2020 7:04 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The text of South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's 2020 State of the State address as prepared. ___ Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, my fellow South Carolinians: I begin tonight by recognizing those South Carolinians in...

Richie Plass shows his exhibit Bittersweet Winds at Shawano Community High School, Nov. 26, 2019. Plass portrayed the school's mascot in 1968.  (Rob Mentze/Wisconsin Public Radio via AP)

Ex-high school mascot wants end to American Indian mascots

Jan. 22, 2020 5:15 PM EST

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Richie Plass was 16 when he became his high school's mascot. The school principal approached him about it, along with the basketball coach and the athletic director. The Shawano Community High School mascot at the time was the Indians. Plass is Menominee and Stockbridge/Munsee, and...

Judge: Teacher layoffs didn't discriminate against blacks

Jan. 22, 2020 4:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A class-action lawsuit claiming Chicago Public Schools discriminated against black educators when it announced layoffs in 2011 has been dismissed. The 2012 lawsuit by the Chicago Teachers Union was filed on behalf of 630 black educators who were among 1,470 CPS employees who were laid off....

Indiana lawmakers step back on 'In God We Trust' requirement

Jan. 22, 2020 3:10 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have rolled back a proposal that aimed to require a poster with the national motto “In God We Trust” and the American and state flags be displayed in all public school classrooms. The Indiana Senate education committee modified the bill to make the poster...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jan. 22, 2020 2:32 PM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Post and Courier on education improvements: South Carolina owns about 1,300 elementary, middle and high schools, which educate 750,000 children — some quite well, others horribly. On Tuesday (Jan. 21), state senators began debates on a bill...

Ground broken to replace WVa high school destroyed by floods

Jan. 22, 2020 2:27 PM EST

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — Ground has been broken for a new West Virginia high school to replace one destroyed by 2016 floods. Gov. Jim Justice attended the ceremony Wednesday for the new Herbert Hoover High School in Elkview about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northeast of Charleston, news outlets reported. ...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 22, 2020 2:16 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Jan. 22 The (Lake Charles) American Press on Louisiana's public school system: Louisiana's public education system ranked next to the bottom of states in a 2019 ranking of "States with the Best & Worst School Systems" by the financial web site WalletHub....

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2002, file photo, Morgan Wootten, head basketball coach at DeMatha High School, speaks at a press conference to announce his stepping down as coach, in Hyattsville, Md. Wootten, a Hall of Fame coach who built DeMatha High School into a national powerhouse and mentored several future NBA stars during a career that spanned parts of six decades, has died. He was 88. The school announced his death on Twitter, writing, “The Wootten Family is saddened to share the news that their loving husband and father Morgan Wootten passed away

Hall of Fame HS basketball coach Morgan Wootten dies at 88

Jan. 22, 2020 12:20 PM EST

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Morgan Wootten, a Hall of Fame basketball coach who built DeMatha High School into a national powerhouse and mentored several future NBA stars during a career that spanned parts of six decades, has died. He was 88. The school announced his death on Twitter, writing, “The...

New Mexico switches to new licensing test for teachers

Jan. 22, 2020 12:26 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has opted for a new teacher candidate exam system that will mean a higher price tag for those taking the test for the first time. Information from the state Public Education Department shows the change will cost teacher candidates up to $50 more for required assessments...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session in the House chambers at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

New Mexico governor seeks money for early childhood programs

Jan. 21, 2020 7:28 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged legislators to legalize recreational marijuana, underwrite tuition-free college for local residents and boost spending on early childhood education amid efforts to improve economic opportunity in a state with the highest rate of poverty in...