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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, State school Superintendent Richard Woods speaks at a news conference in Atlanta, where Gov. Brian Kemp announced legislation to cut five mandatory standardized tests for Georgia public school students, including four in high schools. The state Board of Education on Thursday, Aug. 27 chose which four high school tests it will drop. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Georgia high school tests might not count toward grades

Sep. 24, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Students in Georgia public high schools would face no consequences for failing statewide standardized tests for at least one year under a proposal from state Superintendent Richard Woods in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Woods announced the plan Thursday, saying that he wants the...

Lawmakers push schools to consider transgender sports policy

Sep. 23, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republican lawmakers pushed the state's high school activities association Wednesday to reconsider its policy of allowing transgender students to compete as the gender with which they identify. The association currently allows transgender athletes to get an exemption...

Appeals court rejects rehearing in transgender bathroom case

Sep. 23, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday denied a request for a full-court review of a ruling that a Virginia school board's transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond rejected a request from the Gloucester County School Board for a...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 22, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Rootstown’s school leaders failed to stand up to racism Akron Beacon Journal Sept. 20 America’s summer of cultural awakening about persistent racism in our country clearly didn’t resonate in Rootstown’s school...

New push to retire Native team names headed to Legislature

Sep. 22, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The first Native American woman elected to the Washington state House of Representatives says she is drafting legislation to remove Native-themed mascots and team names at public schools. This has been a goal of Native American leaders, but has new-found momentum after the Washington,...

Des Moines schools OK return to classes, delays key decision

Sep. 21, 2020 10:10 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines School board on Monday night set a date for returning to school but put off establishing a coronavirus infection rate that would force the district to revert to online-only instruction. Des Moines schools, Iowa's largest district with more than 33,000 students, has...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo, Des Moines Public School students and supporters march from Roosevelt High School to the Governor's Mansion at Terrace Hill to protest the cancellation of fall and winter extracurriculars, in Des Moines, Iowa. All in-person activities were suspended this month as the district's classroom instruction remains virtual. (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)

Des Moines says no to governor's demand for classroom return

Sep. 20, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Students in Iowa’s largest school system are facing the possibility that this most unusual school year could stretch into next summer, and the district could be hit with crippling bills because of a dispute with the governor over the safety of returning to classrooms during...

Board votes to retire Pocatello High School Indians mascot

Sep. 17, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A school board in Idaho has announced its decision to retire the Pocatello High School Indians mascot at the end of the academic year after students and community members raised concerns over how other school athletic programs would portray the mascot before competitions. The...

School board keeps class virtual despite in-person proposal

Sep. 17, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina school board has voted to keep classes virtual through the rest of 2020 despite its superintendent's recommendation to start in-person learning next month. News outlets report the Cumberland County Board of Education voted 6-3 Thursday to keep classes online....

Charisse Davis poses for a portrait on Friday, July 24, 2020, in Marietta, Ga. Davis was recently elected the only Black woman on the Cobb County School Board.

'If not now, when?': Black women seize political spotlight

Sep. 17, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The little girl ran up to her, wide-eyed and giddy. “Are you Charisse Davis?” the fourth grader asked. Davis was stunned. A former kindergarten teacher and librarian, she was more accustomed to shuttling her two sons to basketball practice than being seen as a local...