Latest Primary and secondary education News

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...

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...

Han Shin Bi, a high school senior in Seoul, demonstrates how to take online classes after an interview in Seoul, South Korea, on Sept. 18, 2020. “Online classes were really inconvenient,” said Han. Experts say the reduced interaction with teachers, digital distractions and technical difficulties are widening the education achievement gap among students in South Korea, leaving those less well off, like Han, at even more at a disadvantage. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Pandemic widens learning gap in education-obsessed S. Korea

Oct. 21, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When South Korea began its delayed school year with remote learning in April, that spelled trouble for low-income students who rely on public education, get easily distracted and cannot afford cram schools or tutors used by many in this education-obsessed country. Students like...

A biker leads a line of cars driving off the Homer Spit at about on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Homer, Alaska after a tsunami evacuation order was issued for low-lying areas in Homer. (Michael Armstrong/Homer News via AP)

Large earthquake off Alaska prompts tsunami fears, fleeing

Oct. 20, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude 7.5 earthquake prompted a tsunami warning Monday for a nearly thousand-mile stretch of Alaska’s southern coast, with waves over 2 feet at the nearest community as the threat subsided. The quake was centered near Sand Point, a city of about 900 people off the Alaska...

FILE - Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly gives a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, where she made an announcement regarding Kasnas' Unified Testing Strategy and give updates in regards to COVID-19. Kelly and Wichita State University officials are celebrating the opening of a new laboratory that can run 32,000 coronavirus testing specimens a week. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)

10 residents dead amid virus outbreak at Kansas nursing home

Oct. 19, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak has killed 10 residents in a nursing home in a northwestern Kansas county that proportionally already had the nation's largest increase in cases over two weeks. The health department in Norton County reported Monday night that all 62 residents and an unspecified...

Topeka school considers racist past of its namesake

Oct. 19, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of a Topeka high school are considering how the community can respond to a report from its student newspaper that the man the school is named for was a prominent member of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 20th century. Seaman High School's student newspaper, The Clipper, reported...

U. S. Army, Arizona National Guard Pvt. Ronald Aguilar, right, takes the temperature of a man at a drive-thru COVID-19 saliva test on the main campus at Arizona Western College, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Yuma, Ariz. The testing, organized by the Yuma County Public Health Services District, lasted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and saw 671 tests administered, according to Yuma County spokesperson Kevin Tunnell. The purpose of the testing, according to Yuma County, was to capitalize on the recent development of a saliva test for COVID-19 by Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Latest: Melbourne eases restrictions after cases drop

Oct. 17, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has loosened lockdown restrictions as new and active COVID-19 continue to decline. From midnight Sunday, Melbourne residents will no longer face limits on the time they can spend away from their homes for education or recreation....

FILE - In this Thursday, April 30, 2020 file photo, Health care workers look on during a flyover at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. One of Utah's largest hospitals had no beds left Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in its regular intensive-care unit as the governor declared the state's weeks long spike in coronavirus cases

The Latest: New Mexico sets another one-day COVID-19 record

Oct. 16, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico health officials on Friday confirmed the state set another single-day record with 819 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 35,770 since the pandemic began. New rules to limit gatherings to five people or less, reduce hotel capacities and impose a 10 p.m. closing time for...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks outside City Hall in San Francisco. Mayor Breed is blasting an effort to rename nearly four dozen San Francisco public schools honoring dead presidents and even U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, saying the school district should focus on getting children back into the classroom if they want to address systemic racism. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Mayor blasts effort to rename schools during pandemic

Oct. 16, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The irritated mayor of San Francisco blasted an effort to rename some of the city's public schools, saying the school district should focus on getting children back into classrooms if it wants to address equity and systemic racism instead of wasting resources on replacing names such as...

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) knocks down Buffalo Bills cornerback Josh Norman (29) in the first half of an NFL football game Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Players Coalition awards $350,000 for internet in schools

Oct. 16, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

Players Coalition, a nonprofit founded by Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins, is donating $350,000 in grants nationwide to help provide K-12 students and schools with internet access, broadband connectivity and technology devices to make learning from home easier. The grants are being awarded to 11 districts,...