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Kansas state school board on ballots amid COVID-19 scrutiny

Oct. 24, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansans are electing two state Board of Education members this fall as the panel has gained attention amid the coronavirus pandemic for its decision not to mandate a delay in the start of school. In the Kansas City area, Democrat Melanie Haas, an information technology consultant, is...

Seattle Public Schools extends remote learning into 2021

Oct. 23, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau said Friday the district will remain in a remote learning model for the rest of the current semester because of an increase in COVID-19 cases. Most students will continue to participate in school virtually through January 2021, Juneau said...

Oklahoma State University president announces plans retire

Oct. 23, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis on Friday announced his plans to retire at the end of the current academic year. “The opportunity to be president of my alma mater has exceeded most everything else,” Hargis, 74, said in a video statement announcing his...

Berklee appoints first woman to lead music college

Oct. 23, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

The Berklee College of Music has chosen Erica Muhl to serve as the school's next president, making her the first woman to lead the institution in its 75-year history, officials at the Boston school announced this week. Muhl, a composer and conductor, previously led music and arts schools at the University of...

Alabama system pays $250,000 to oust school superintendent

Oct. 23, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama school system decided to pay $250,000 to oust a superintendent who has been on leave since the FBI searched his home in June. School board members in Athens voted unanimously Thursday to buy out the contract of Trey Holladay, who had received his monthly salary of...

Protest at Kansas school after student told to remove hijab

Oct. 22, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — Officials at a Kansas high school are investigating after a student was told to remove her Islamic head scarf, known as a hijab, prompting other students to stage a demonstration. A spokeswoman for the Geary County School District said officials are still determining details of...

University of Colorado regents discussed firing president

Oct. 22, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A retirement announcement by the president of the University of Colorado preempted a plan by a majority of the institution's Board of Regents to fire him two years ago. Notes kept by Regent Sue Sharkey detail private discussions among the board's elected leaders about firing Bruce Benson in...

Schools leader quits after appearing to mock Asian names

Oct. 22, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The chairperson of the Boston school board resigned Thursday after appearing to mock Asian names during a virtual meeting. Michael Loconto made the comments during a long meeting Wednesday night to discuss a proposal to drop admissions tests for the city’s elite exam schools for one...

School board votes to retire Raiders name, arrowhead mascot

Oct. 22, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The Rutland city school board has voted to retire the high school's Rutland Raider nickname and arrowhead mascot and have the school administration and student body come up with a mascot “that would be more inclusive and welcoming." The vote was 6-4 on Tuesday night during a...

Alphina Kamara at Wesleyan University, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Middletown, Conn. Kamara, a junior at Wesleyan University studying English and sociology, says she was never encouraged to explore options like an engineering course while in high school. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Analysis: Racial inequity in who takes career, tech courses

Oct. 22, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

Alphina Kamara wonders what might have happened if she’d been introduced to science and engineering careers at her high school in Wilmington, Delaware. Kamara, who is Black, was enrolled in an “audio engineering” course that taught her how to make music tracks and videos instead of a regular...