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Mississippi spent $1.5M on Weight Watchers for teachers

May. 21, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers were giving Weight Watchers $1.5 million for a teacher voucher program that never appeared in any education funding bills or state contracts, and kept the money flowing for years even though relatively few teachers were using it. The Clarion Ledger uncovered the...

Tornadoes on the Plains not as bad as feared; threat remains

May. 21, 2019 3:33 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An intense storm system moved across the Southern Plains on Monday, spawning tornadoes that caused scattered damage and a deluge of rain but not the "particularly dangerous" twisters that forecasters had feared. No injuries were reported. Late Monday, the National Weather Service...

Amid #MeToo, states debate teaching consent to kids

May. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

Inside a Catholic school in Portland, Oregon, high school sophomores break into groups to discuss some once-taboo topics: abusive relationships and consent. At one desk, a girl with banana-colored fingernails begins jotting down some of the hallmarks of abuse: Physically hurting you, verbally abusive, can be...

Senate GOP leader would raise age for buying tobacco to 21

May. 20, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky was long one of the nation's leading tobacco producers, introduced bipartisan legislation Monday to raise the minimum age for buying any tobacco products from 18 to 21. The chamber's top Republican, who said he was...

Students accused of putting bodily fluids in teachers' food

May. 20, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are investigating accusations that students at an Ohio middle school put bodily fluids into food that was then served to teachers. A Delaware County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman says that office is investigating reports of students putting urine and semen into crepes eaten...

Oprah gives $500,000 to high school after-school program

May. 19, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey announced she's giving $500,000 to an initiative at a New Jersey high school that's aimed at keeping kids off the streets. Principal Akbar Cook's "Lights On" program keeps West Side High School in Newark open on Friday nights from 6 p.m. to midnight. WPVI-TV reports kids...

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to overhaul public education

May. 18, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wants to suspend taxpayer funding of new charter schools and ban those that are for-profit as part of his plan to overhaul public education that he released on Saturday. Saying charter schools are "exacerbating educational segregation,"...

Teacher says she was fired over breaks to pump breast milk

May. 17, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Falmouth elementary school teacher contends the school district declined to renew her contract because she took three breaks a day to pump breast milk for her baby. Thirty-three-year-old Shana Swenson, of Portland, sued last week in federal court, claiming discrimination on...

College Board says adversity context rewards resourcefulness

May. 17, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

Administrators of the SAT college admissions exam on Friday detailed plans to provide test scores in the context of a student's high school hardships as a way to help colleges identify resourceful students they might otherwise overlook. The College Board said the "Environmental Context Dashboard" being piloted at...

The Latest: Report doesn't say if abuse reported to police

May. 17, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an investigation into a former Ohio State team doctor (all times local): 3:15 p.m. An Ohio State University official says it's not clear whether anyone ever went to authorities to report a former doctor now accused of sexually abusing more than 150 male students....