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1st Florida school district gets US cash for virus mask vote

Sep. 23, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district has received cash from President Joe Biden's administration to make up for state pay cuts imposed over a board's vote for a student anti-coronavirus mask mandate. Alachua County school Superintendent Carlee Simon said...

3 elementary schools recognized for academic excellence

Sep. 22, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia elementary schools have gotten national recognition for academic excellence. Putnam County’s Rock Branch Elementary, Raleigh County’s Crescent Elementary and Wood County’s Criss Elementary were named Tuesday as 2021...

Soldotna Montessori earns national Blue Ribbon School award

Sep. 22, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) — Soldotna Montessori Charter School has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School for2021. It was one of 325 schools to earn this award nationally, and the only in Alaska, the Peninsula Clarion reported....

7 Kentucky schools get national recognition

Sep. 22, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Seven Kentucky schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021, the U.S. Department of Education said. The recognition is based on a school’s academic performance or its progress in closing achievement gaps, Education Secretary...

California woman accused in $6M student loan debt scam

Sep. 21, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California woman has been arrested on suspicion of masterminding a student loan debt relief scam that bilked thousands of borrowers out of more than $6 million, the state's top prosecutor announced Tuesday. Angela Kathryn Mirabella, 47, ran a...

Maine schools get additional $137M from American Rescue Plan

Sep. 14, 2021 09:25 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is releasing $137 million for Maine schools following approval of a state spending plan. The money represents the last installment from the American Rescue Plan funds for Maine schools. The state already received...

Judge temporary order allows Iowa schools to mandate masks

Sep. 13, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered the state of Iowa to immediately halt enforcement of a law that prevents school boards from ordering masks to be worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Judge Robert Pratt said in an order signed Monday that...

Nevada's pandemic relief spending plan for schools approved

Sep. 13, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education on Monday approved a plan submitted by the state of Nevada to spend more than $1 billion in pandemic aid earmarked for K-12 schools. The approved $1.1 billion plan outlines Nevada's strategy to reopen all schools...

Court: DeSantis ban on school mask mandates back in force

Sep. 10, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The on-again, off-again ban imposed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is back in force. The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Friday that a...

The Latest: Arizona gov: Biden 'overreaching' with new rule

Sep. 09, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says President Joe Biden is overreaching with his new requirement for employees of large businesses to be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19. The Republican governor said the Biden rule “requires pushback and response” but...