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US military academy athletes can now delay service, go pro

Nov. 14, 2019 6:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper has opened the door for athletes at the nation’s military academies to play professional sports after they graduate, and delay their active-duty service. Esper signed a memo last Friday laying out the new guidelines, which says the athletes must get...

Cherokee Nation considers cutting school funds over policies

Nov. 8, 2019 4:03 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council is considering whether the tribe should cut funding to schools that ban Native American students from observing cultural practices during events such as graduations. The council's Rules Committee approved the proposal during a meeting on Oct. 31, the...

Va. colleges get millions to boost computer science grads

Nov. 8, 2019 11:33 AM EST

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Several colleges and universities in Virginia will receive millions of dollars from the state to increase computer science graduate numbers as part of a deal with Amazon. Gov. Ralph Northam told The Roanoke Times on Thursday that the state will partner with 11 schools for the Tech...

Study set on how ending history test to change school grades

Nov. 7, 2019 6:52 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Board of Education voted Thursday for more study on how scrapping a required U.S. history test would affect school ratings. The board directed an internal task force to study whether it's possible to stop the test without changing scores used to assign A to F grades to...

New policy requires fewer tests for some Georgia students

Nov. 7, 2019 5:07 PM EST

Georgia students taking certain advanced classes in high school will take fewer state tests under a new state policy. The state Board of Education voted Thursday to stop requiring students who take certain Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses to take state end-of-course exams in the same...

Hong Kong court convicts teen for carrying laser pointer

Nov. 7, 2019 8:39 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court ruling Thursday that a laser pointer carried by a teenager was an offensive weapon marked a tougher stance by the judiciary after months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, with a lawmaker warning it could lead to more prosecutions of...

Schools offer certification for employability skills

Nov. 5, 2019 4:22 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Officials say programs at Murray State University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College offer a certification ensuring graduates have essential employability skills that employers say are often lacking. A statement from the Council on Postsecondary Education says the Essential...

Navajo police academy bolsters officer ranks

Nov. 2, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CHINLE, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials say 19 cadets have completed a six-month police academy. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says the Friday graduation ceremony was held at the Chinle Community Center in Arizona. The graduating class bolsters the ranks of the Navajo Nation Police Department,...

Proposal offers high school diploma with associate degree

Oct. 31, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An education plan under development in West Virginia aims to have some students graduate with simultaneous degrees from high school and community college. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Kanawha County school system counseling and testing director Jon Duffy says the plan would...

Virginia women's college updates transgender student policy

Oct. 31, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A private women's university in Virginia has announced a new policy allowing students who transition from female to male while at school to remain enrolled and earn their degree. Under the new guidelines at Hollins University in Roanoke, enrolled students who transition from female to...