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Two large Kansas school districts shuttered as COVID surges

Jan. 17, 2022 12:35 PM EST

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Two large school districts in Kansas have canceled classes this week as COVID-19 cases surge among their staff and students. Olathe Public Schools and Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools canceled classes for Tuesday and Wednesday, the Kansas City Star reported....

Order to end school mask mandates gets pushback in Virginia

Jan. 16, 2022 15:48 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — School districts across Virginia were taking stock Sunday of the implications of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that seeks to end mask mandates in schools, with some school systems saying they will continue to require masks. On Saturday, shortly after...

Closed Catholic school to be converted to senior apartments

Jan. 16, 2022 13:41 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A now-closed Catholic school in Massachusetts has been sold for $4.75 million to a nonprofit that plans to build a three-story senior living apartment complex on the site. Goddard Homestead closed on the nearly 24-acre (9.7-hectare) former St. Peter-Marian...

Virginia school district to remove controversial gender book

Jan. 16, 2022 12:18 PM EST

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — A school district in Virginia plans to pull copies of the controversial book, “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” from its library shelves. The Washington Post reports that Loudoun County school officials are citing color illustrations that were deemed inappropriate....

Grants to support free after school meals coming to Maine

Jan. 16, 2022 10:34 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine group that works to combat child hunger said it is awarding more than $80,000 to school districts and nonprofit organizations around the state. Full Plates Full Potential works with dairy brand Oakhurst on the Oakhurst After School Meal Program. Full...

Pandemic stress drives some Colorado teachers from classroom

Jan. 16, 2022 10:12 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Diane Santorico was a year shy of completing her third decade as a teacher when the profession that once gave her so much joy nearly stole all of it. She was sick – physically sick – and tired. The first few weeks of school had demanded that she teach in a...

Groups seek to boost the number of Black men teaching

Jan. 16, 2022 00:08 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Tina Fletcher figured out her life’s purpose when she met her ninth-grade civics teacher. Mrs. Payne was Black, like Fletcher, and was one of the first teachers of color Fletcher had in her rural Arkansas town. “I knew from that point...

A digital divide haunts schools adapting to virus hurdles

Jan. 15, 2022 11:36 AM EST

When April Schneider’s children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more than a year of remote learning. No more problems with borrowed tablets. No more days of missed lessons because her kids couldn’t connect to their virtual...

Michigan students participating in safe driving campaign

Jan. 15, 2022 09:09 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Students at 38 Michigan high schools are participating in the “Strive for a Safer Drive” peer-led traffic safety campaign. The program is in its 11th year and aims to reduce crashes involving teenagers by encouraging then to talk with other teens and their...

SC superintendents resign under the pressure of COVID

Jan. 15, 2022 00:04 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dorchester School District Two Superintendent Joe Pye fought back tears as a group of elementary students read him goodbye letters while crowded together in a reading nook. The goodbye letters were part of a class activity first and second grade students at Beech Hill...