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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...

Murphy: NJ Transit fares won't rise in next fiscal year

Jan. 21, 2020 11:39 AM EST

KEARNY, N.J. (AP) — Fares on New Jersey Transit buses and trains won't rise in the next fiscal year, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday. At a graduation ceremony for new engineers, Murphy said his proposed budget to go into effect in July will be the third in a row not to raise fares on the state's...

Ashley Mabry, 35, who has autism and Asperger's syndrome, is graduating from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs this spring. Mabry is one of three seniors in the first cohort to graduate in May from an inclusion program Colorado lawmakers enacted in December 2016 to enable intellectually disabled students to become fully matriculated at three schools: UCCS, the University of Northern Colorado and Arapahoe Community College. Since the fourth-grade Mabry has known she wanted to go to college.

University to graduate first class in special needs program

Jan. 19, 2020 12:13 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Ashley Mabry, who looks forward to family game night, sometimes watches TV and loves her internship at the ARC Pikes Peak Region, knew she wanted to go to college since the fourth grade, when she entered a “talent development” program at Hilltop Baptist School...

Mississippi keeps history exam, despite calls to end it

Jan. 18, 2020 12:09 PM EST

Mississippi's state Board of Education is keeping the state's U.S. history exam, despite months of pressure from teachers and others to cut testing. The board voted unanimously on Thursday to keep the test, one of four that public school students must keep in high school. A testing task force in August had...

NY graduation rate improves ahead of review of requirements

Jan. 16, 2020 5:46 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York's high school graduation rate continued to edge upward in 2019 ahead of a review and possible revision of diploma requirements, education officials said Thursday. The overall graduation rate was 83.4%, up just short of a percentage point from the previous year, data from the...

Georgia considers limits on college course payments

Jan. 15, 2020 5:25 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Trying to hold down the growing cost of a program that pays for Georgia high school students to take college courses, lawmakers are considering limits on what students can enroll and what courses they can take. Gov. Brian Kemp and a number of lawmakers have been raising concerns about...

Grand Rapids graduates get free tuition at community college

Jan. 13, 2020 1:30 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Graduates of Grand Rapids high schools can attend a local community college for free under a plan announced Monday. The Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarship covers tuition at Grand Rapids Community College. Students qualify for a full scholarship if they live in the city and...

NC personal finance mandate means 1 less US history class

Jan. 9, 2020 5:37 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Incoming North Carolina high school students will have to take only one course solely focused on American history to get a diploma, the result of a personal finance course mandated by the General Assembly. The State Board of Education adopted on Thursday new graduation requirements...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Dec. 31, 2019 4:30 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Dec. 31: The Vicksburg Post looking back at 2019: Over the recent weeks, we have scoured through our archives to pull out what we — and many others — would consider the top stories of 2019. And while we could have chosen those that received the...

Kansas town hopes free tuition plan attracts new residents

Dec. 29, 2019 4:57 PM EST

NEODESHA, Kan. (AP) — The small southeast Kansas town of Neodesha hopes a new program offering free college tuition to graduates of the local high school will help attract new residents. A wealthy former resident of the town about 150 miles (241 kilometers) southwest of Kansas City, Kansas, announced the...