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Richie Plass shows his exhibit Bittersweet Winds at Shawano Community High School, Nov. 26, 2019. Plass portrayed the school's mascot in 1968.  (Rob Mentze/Wisconsin Public Radio via AP)

Ex-high school mascot wants end to American Indian mascots

Jan. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EST

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Richie Plass was 16 when he became his high school's mascot. The school principal approached him about it, along with the basketball coach and the athletic director. The Shawano Community High School mascot at the time was the Indians. Plass is Menominee and Stockbridge/Munsee, and...

Historian, educator, author Willie Burton dies

Jan. 24, 2020 5:38 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A former member of a Louisiana school board who also taught at Southern University's campus in Shreveport has died. Willie Burton's family confirmed his death Thursday to news outlets. He was 75. Burton served for two decades as a member of the Caddo Parish School Board. He...

Oklahoma lawmakers to mull rules limiting 4-day school weeks

Jan. 24, 2020 4:09 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will consider new rules that would raise the student performance standards for schools to operate on a four-day work week. The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted Thursday in favor of adopting the new standards starting in the 2021-22 school year....

Home searched after cybercrime targets Florida school board

Jan. 23, 2020 9:56 AM EST

Cybercrime investigators searched a South Carolina home in a nationwide effort to track down suspects they say stole more than $206,000 from a Florida school board. Federal agents this week searched the Greenville home of a man who has been indicted in the scheme to defraud the Sumter County School Board in...

Schools chief: Plan to cut history classes should be history

Jan. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's public schools superintendent wants the state Board of Education not to reduce the number of social studies courses required for high school graduation. Superintendent Steve Paine said in a statement Monday that he will make the recommendation based on an...

South Carolina senators suggesting education bill changes

Jan. 21, 2020 4:46 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State senators have started suggesting changes to a massive bill meant to overhaul South Carolina education. Among the first amendments proposed Tuesday would add three teachers to the South Carolina School Board. Other proposals expected to come up for debate are changes to student...

School shooting victim's dad named to Florida school board

Jan. 21, 2020 3:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The father of a student slain in Florida's 2018 high school massacre is being appointed to the state Board of Education. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that he has appointed Ryan Petty to the board that oversees education policy in the state. Petty's 14-year-old daughter...

Ex-school district official admits improperly touching man

Jan. 21, 2020 12:21 PM EST

MANALAPAN, N.J. (AP) — A former school board member admitted Tuesday that he improperly touched a 19-year-old man over the Labor Day weekend last year, but he's expected to avoid a prison term. Joseph Tringali, 47, of Manalapan, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual contact. He's expected to receive a...

Virginians push to remember historically black high schools

Jan. 19, 2020 9:00 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Vivian Monroe-Hester’s high school textbooks harbored hatred in their margins. As a teenager at the all-black Booker T. Washington High School in segregated, 1960s-era Virginia, Monroe-Hester studied from used books passed along by white high schools. White students, knowing...

Nevada school police officers to wear body cameras in August

Jan. 18, 2020 3:53 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — School police officers will start wearing body cameras after the school board approved a contract to purchase the equipment, Nevada district officials said. Washoe County School District police officers are expected to start wearing the cameras in August after school board members...