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Parson appoints new member to Missouri education board

Jan. 27, 2020 7:33 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday named a new State Board of Education appointee who was among local leaders tasked with helping a once failing school district regain its footing. Parson's pick, Edward Jones Investments division leader Pamela Westbrooks-Hodge, is set to...

Oklahoma lawmakers to mull rules limiting 4-day school weeks

Jan. 27, 2020 5:02 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....

Virginia teachers rally, push for more education funding

Jan. 27, 2020 4:19 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of Virginia teachers rallied at the state Capitol on Monday to call on lawmakers to increase state funding for public education and repeal a prohibition on collective bargaining by public employees. “It is past time for this c ommonwealth to live up to its obligation...

Wyoming district to consider draft guns-in-school policy

Jan. 27, 2020 2:30 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo, (AP) — A school board in Wyoming is about to consider a proposal to allow teachers and other school employees to carry concealed guns. Campbell County School District officials plan to present a detailed proposal they've written to the school board Tuesday. If approved after two readings,...

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...

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...