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Harris plans to continue to build presidential momentum in speech to teachers union

Jul. 25, 2024 00:23 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris is slated to continue her days-old presidential push by speaking Thursday to the American Federation of Teachers, the first labor union to formally endorse her candidacy. Having emerged as the likely Democratic nominee after President Joe...

In a reversal, Georgia now says districts can use state funding to teach AP Black studies classes

Jul. 24, 2024 18:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia state Superintendent Richard Woods said Wednesday that the state will pay for districts to teach a new Advanced Placement course in African American Studies, a day after he said districts could only teach the course using local funds. In the face of...

Mixed results in 2024 standardized tests for Louisiana students

Jul. 24, 2024 17:20 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Newly released standardized test results for Louisiana students show small gains in some areas, but overall scores moved little in the past year and, despite gains in the years since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, remain below 2019 levels. Results for the...

Fake protest set for TV shoot on NYC campus sparks real demonstration by pro-Palestinian activists

Jul. 24, 2024 14:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A fake protest encampment set up for a TV shoot on a New York City college campus sparked a real reaction from pro-Palestinian activists, who organized their own demonstration against the filming, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The scenario unfolded Monday and...

Two North Carolina public universities may see academic degree cuts soon after board vote

Jul. 24, 2024 14:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two of North Carolina’s public universities will be allowed to eliminate more than a dozen degree programs ranging from ancient Mediterranean studies to physics after the university system’s governing board voted Wednesday to authorize the cuts. The...

Schools across Maine confront unique challenges in ridding their water of ‘forever chemicals’

Jul. 24, 2024 12:13 PM EDT

Days before winter break ended in December 2022, Bill Hansen was relieved to learn that Jordan-Small Middle School in Raymond had no traces of ‘forever chemicals’ in tests of the school’s water system. Hansen, the Windham Raymond School District’s facilities director, was on...

William & Mary expands new climate-focused major, deepens coastal research with $100 million gift

Jul. 24, 2024 11:03 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — William & Mary has received a $100 million donation that aims to help the world's coastal communities adapt to changing temperatures, rising seas and more intense storms, the university announced Wednesday. The gift from Virginia philanthropist Jane Batten...

Former University of Florida president will return on an interim basis after Ben Sasse's resignation

Jul. 24, 2024 10:04 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A former University of Florida president will take back the role on an interim basis following ex-U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse's unexpected announcement last week that he was stepping down from the job after his wife was diagnosed with epilepsy. The school's Board...

Antisemitism runs rampant in Philadelphia schools, Jewish group alleges in civil rights complaint

Jul. 23, 2024 22:10 PM EDT

The Philadelphia school district has failed to protect Jewish students from “a virulent wave of antisemitism” that swept through classrooms after Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, according to a federal complaint filed Tuesday. The district, among the largest public school systems...

Chancellor who led Pennsylvania’s university system through consolidation to leave in the fall

Jul. 23, 2024 18:55 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Daniel Greenstein, who led Pennsylvania’s state-owned university system for six years through the challenge of consolidating and adapting to a changing higher education landscape, will leave the chancellor's post in October, he announced Tuesday. In an...