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Garland defends school violence memo against GOP criticism

Oct. 28, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland defended a Justice Department memo aimed at combating threats and violence against teachers, administrators and other school officials while Republicans insisted that he rescind the directive. He signaled no plans to do so despite their...

Schools debate: Gifted and talented, or racist and elitist?

Oct. 28, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Communities across the United States are reconsidering their approach to gifted and talented programs in schools as vocal parents blame such elite programs for worsening racial segregation and inequities in the country’s education system. A plan...

U of Michigan gets $40M gift to help 1st-generation students

Oct. 28, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Before New York real estate developer Fred Wilpon would become part-owner and then sole owner of the New York Mets for over 30 years, he was a 17-year-old first-generation college student who had gotten off an airplane for the first time in his life to attend the...

Atlanta school marks new name after students demanded change

Oct. 28, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta high school is marking its new name and a larger building after students said the old name was offensive and pushed to remove it. Midtown High School hosted a ceremony this week to highlight the new name of the former Henry W. Grady High...

EXPLAINER: Why are schools revisiting gifted education?

Oct. 28, 2021 07:33 AM EDT

New York City officials announced plans this month for its school system, the country’s largest, to phase out its program for gifted and talented students. The screening test the city has given to 4-year-olds used to identify gifted and talented students had drawn...

West Virginia-Akron game to benefit cancer research

Oct. 28, 2021 04:26 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University men’s basketball team will host a charity exhibition game against Akron on Friday. The game at the WVU Coliseum benefits the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund, according to a news release from the...

Tennessee State Museum building named for ex-Gov. Haslam

Oct. 28, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The building that houses the new Tennessee State Museum now bears the name of former Gov. Bill Haslam. The Republican was joined by Gov. Bill Lee and other officials Wednesday as they unveiled signage for the building, designating it the Bill...

Cabell Midland wins West Virginia marching band prize

Oct. 28, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va (AP) — Forty-three bands from around West Virginia showcased their talents on Saturday in the tenth annual State Marching Band Invitational Championship. Cabell Midland High School won the awards for Overall “Honor Band" and Old Gold Division Grand...

School safety officer charged with murder in fatal shooting

Oct. 27, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A former school safety officer has been charged with murder in the shooting death of an 18-year-old woman near a Southern California high school last month, prosecutors said Wednesday. Eddie Gonzalez, 51, was scheduled to be arraigned Friday...

New Orleans drops mask mandate as coronavirus numbers fall

Oct. 27, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is largely ending a mandate requiring residents and visitors wear masks indoors as infections of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus continue to fall, the city's mayor announced Wednesday. Mayor...