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Personal finance courses get a boost in Pennsylvania schools

Nov. 29, 2019 12:55 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will require public schools to allow students to apply personal finance class credits toward high school graduation requirements. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill this week and it will take effect in the 2020-21 school year. Under the new requirement, a student who...

Kansas colleges are slashing general education requirements

Nov. 23, 2019 11:14 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas universities are reducing general education requirements to ensure more students can graduate on time and create more room for classes in their majors. Wichita State University became the latest school to slash the numbers of general ed classes their undergraduates are...

Chemical found in New Hampshire school’s drinking water

Nov. 19, 2019 11:59 AM EST

NEW LONDON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire school district will test all its drinking water after one faucet was found to have high levels of a toxic chemical that has raised health concerns. Kearsarge Regional School District Superintendent Winfried Feneberg said Tuesday the district shut down all faucets at...

Test turnaround: Oostburg schools now among Wisconsin elite

Nov. 18, 2019 1:06 AM EST

OOSTBURG, Wis. (AP) — Kevin Bruggink knew something didn't add up. His small-town eastern Wisconsin school district had a reputation for talented teachers and strong community support. In his 12 years in Oostburg, he'd come to feel it was deserved. But they didn't have the test scores to show it. For five...

Detroit hospital, school losing neurosurgery training permit

Nov. 8, 2019 3:01 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A neurosurgery training program at a Detroit hospital has lost its accreditation, jeopardizing the status of the health system and a university medical school. The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education this month removed credentials from the Detroit Medical Center's program...

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...

Report: Teacher botched experiment, caused student injury

Nov. 6, 2019 6:17 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia high school teacher presenting a flashy demonstration to get her students excited about chemistry made a mistake that caused a fire to burn "out of control" and seriously injure a teenager in the front row, a school district report released Wednesday says. Malachi McFadden, 16,...

Voucher group sues over test score release in Wisconsin

Nov. 6, 2019 5:57 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin education officials illegally withheld voucher students' test scores for a day and intentionally skewed them to make it appear the students performed poorly, a voucher group and a conservative law firm allege in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. School Choice Wisconsin and the...

Louisiana editorial roundup

Nov. 6, 2019 3:02 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Nov. 5. The Houma Courier on a decline in ACT scores: A decline in local students' scores on a major college-readiness test is hard to diagnose but distressing nonetheless. If there is any good news, it's that the decline in Terrebonne and Lafourche students'...