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Famed Sherpa climber helps Nepal kids reach greater heights

May. 21, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Apa Sherpa has stood on top of the world more times than all but one other person. Now he wants to make sure no one feels compelled to follow in his footsteps. As a boy growing up in Nepal, Sherpa dreamed of becoming a doctor, but poverty and lack of education steered him to a far...

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...

Dozens protest Pence at Taylor University commencement

May. 18, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

UPLAND, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of graduates and faculty have protested the selection of Vice President Mike Pence as the commencement speaker at Taylor University in Indiana by walking out moments before his introduction. The Indianapolis Star reports the protesters in caps and gowns rose and quietly walked...

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,"...

Iowa Supreme Court upholds law ending rights for some unions

May. 17, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld a 2017 law that took away bargaining rights for many state employees, an early signal of the court's new conservative majority solidified by two recent appointments by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. In cases filed by the Iowa State...

Ole Miss professor slammed over political tweet gets tenure

May. 16, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A University of Mississippi sociology professor criticized for encouraging "acts of aggression" against Republican politicians was granted tenure by a divided College Board on Thursday. Trustees approved the promotion of Professor James Michael Thomas after pulling only his name from...

Many online climate change lessons are actually junk

May. 15, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she'd never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit's hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online as educational material were actually junk. "It is a pretty scary topic to take on," said Allen, a teacher at Sanford Junior...

Warren says she'd appoint former teacher to education post

May. 13, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is pledging that if she's elected president, her secretary of education "will be a former public school teacher who is committed to public education." Warren made the vow in an email to supporter on Monday ahead of remarks at a town hall with members of the American...

Julián Castro makes universal pre-K focus of education plan

May. 13, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro on Monday unveiled an education plan that joins other 2020 candidates in calling for tuition-free higher education, universal prekindergarten and raising teacher pay. The rollout follows the former Obama Cabinet member's immigration...

University of Oklahoma president announces resignation

May. 12, 2019 10:19 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — University of Oklahoma President Jim Gallogly, whose short tenure at the state's flagship university included a sexual misconduct probe of its longtime former president and bitter student reaction to a racist incident on campus, announced his resignation on Sunday. A former energy...