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Texas governor announces $1.6B deal for teacher raises

May. 23, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that $1.6 billion in teacher raises are coming in a deal partly driven by classroom unrest across the U.S. and Republicans who sharply changed course on public education ahead of 2020 elections. Abbott trumpeted the pay hikes near the end of an...

Correction: MeToo-Teaching Consent story

May. 23, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

In a story May 20 about teaching consent in the #MeToo era, The Associated Press misidentified the description of programs that stress abstinence in sex education taught by the group Ascend. The group teaches "sexual risk avoidance," not "sexual risk aversion." A corrected version of the story is below: Amid...

West Point to graduate record number of black female cadets

May. 23, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The class of cadets preparing to jubilantly toss their caps in the air at the U.S. Military Academy's graduation ceremony Saturday includes 34 black women, a record number that's a sign of concerted efforts to diversify West Point's Long Gray Line. West Point remains mostly white...

Museum apologizes to minority students told: 'No watermelon'

May. 23, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's venerable Museum of Fine Arts has apologized to a group of minority middle school students who say they were subjected to racism by staff and some other patrons during a field trip. Museum officials in a letter posted on its website Wednesday apologized to the students and staff at...

Texas 8th-grader wins National Geographic contest

May. 22, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nihar Janga, an eighth-grader from Austin, Texas, with an already impressive array of awards, took home top honors Wednesday in the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee, an elite test of geographic knowledge. Janga triumphed during a competition at the National Geographic Society...

Mississippi spent $1.5M on Weight Watchers for teachers

May. 21, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers were giving Weight Watchers $1.5 million for a program that never appeared in any education funding bills or state contracts, just one example of how state legislators have been funneling education funding to favored vendors. The Clarion Ledger reports that since...

Amended sex abuse suit filed against W.Va. Catholic diocese

May. 21, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese failed to publicly disclose decade-old allegations of sexual abuse of a student involving a Catholic school teacher, the state's attorney general said Tuesday. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced an amended lawsuit against the Diocese...

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...

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...