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President Donald Trump waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Friday, July 10, 2020. Trump is heading to Florida to visit Southern Command, attend a roundtable event at a Doral church where he will speak with Cuban and Venezuelan dissidents and attend a fundraiser in Hillsboro Beach. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

Jul. 10, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status. Trump said on Twitter on Friday he was ordering the Treasury Department to re-examine the tax-exempt status of schools that he says provide...

President Donald Trump listens as Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump to US schools: Reopen or you may lose federal funds

Jul. 8, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

Determined to reopen America's schools despite coronavirus worries, President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don't bring their students back in the fall. He complained that his own public health officials' safety guidelines are impractical and too expensive....

President Donald Trump listens during a

Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

Jul. 7, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons. “They think it’s going to be good for them...

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

High court sparks new battle over church-state separation

Jul. 1, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

The Supreme Court elated religious freedom advocates and alarmed secular groups with its Tuesday ruling on public funding for religious education, a decision whose long-term effect on the separation of church and state remains to be seen. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the high court ruled 5-4 that...

Card games, pool, TV shows entertain Zimbabweans in lockdown

Jun. 27, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — It’s come to this: Some children in Zimbabwe are so tired of the weeks of coronavirus lockdown they are yearning to return to school. “This is all now boring,” 10-year-old Tafadzwa Mafuta said. “I miss reading, writing and playing with my friends.”...

Guidance secretary Marge Berckmiller, left, and Sister Bridget Reilly, director of guidance, prepare student transcripts to send to other schools after the closure of Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pa., Monday, June 8, 2020. The staff learned of the closure May 29 via videoconference. (AP Photo/ Jessie Wardarski)

Amid pandemic, scores of US Catholic schools face closure

Jun. 11, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

Catholic schools have faced tough times for years, but the pace of closures is accelerating dramatically amid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, sparking heartbreak and anger in scores of affected communities. “It’s not a pretty picture right now,” said Sister Dale McDonald,...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 file photo, West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael discusses comprehensive education legislation inside the Senate chambers at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Carmichael, The West Virginia Senate president who was dogged by teacher protests at the statehouse, lost to a teacher in his Republican primary reelection bid Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Senate President Mitch Carmichael was defeated by Amy Nichole Grady, a teacher from Mason County who snagged the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers West Virginia chapter. (AP Photo/John Raby, File)

Teacher beats West Virginia Senate president after protests

Jun. 10, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia teachers whose protests sparked a national wave of unrest took to chanting “Ditch Mitch” as they descended on the Capitol. Ditch him they did. West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael fell in stunning defeat to small-town elementary school...

Teacher beats West Virginia Senate president in GOP primary

Jun. 9, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate president who was dogged by teacher protests at the statehouse lost to a teacher in his Republican primary reelection bid Tuesday. Senate President Mitch Carmichael was defeated by Amy Nichole Grady, a teacher from Mason County who snagged the endorsement...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 19, 2020, file photo, a public school employee sanitizes a sink in a bathroom at a U.S. high school. Jobs with state and city governments are usually a source of stability in the U.S. economy, but the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has forced cuts that will reduce public services, from schools to trash pickup. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Government job losses are piling up, and it could get worse

Jun. 6, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

Jobs with state and city governments are usually a source of stability in the U.S. economy, but the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has forced cuts that will reduce public services — from schools to trash pickup. Even as the U.S. added some jobs in May, the number of people...

Florida educators want staggered school schedules amid virus

Jun. 2, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's largest association of educators called Tuesday for changing how schools operate in the era of the coronavirus — including staggering school schedules, suspending active-shooting drills and imposing social distancing rules on buses and campuses. The discussions...