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Jalane Schmidt, a local activist and University of Virginia professor, leads history teachers from Albemarle and Charlottesville schools on a local monument tour Wednesday, March 11, 2020, around downtown Charlottesville, Va. (Erin Edgerton/The Daily Progress via AP)

New history curriculum created to aid anti-racist teaching

Jul. 4, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Local teacher Zoë Padrón believes telling a true and complete history of the United States to Albemarle County students prepares them to be citizens of the 21st century. Key, she says, is ‘true and complete,’ an aspect not necessarily included in all...

Wage hike, driving privileges, civics addressed in new laws

Jun. 30, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New Illinois state laws dictating minimum wage, certain driving offenses and LGBTQ history education in public schools will take effect Wednesday. Low-wage workers statewide will see a salary increase for the second time this year as required by a law signed last year by Gov. J.B....

Middle school teacher awarded McAuliffe sabbatical

Jun. 28, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A social studies teacher from West Running Brook Middle School in Derry has been awarded the 2020 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The sabbatical, created in 1986 in honor of the Concord High School teacher and astronaut, gives a New Hampshire...

Illinois man educates white neighbors about Black History

Jun. 25, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

ELMWOOD, Ill. (AP) — A Black man in rural Illinois has started an online video series to educate his white neighbors about Black history following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Brandon Butler, an Elmwood resident, figured that many white people don’t understand Black people’s...

In this Saturday, June 6, 2020 photo provided by The Record, Black Catholics walk from the federal courthouse building in downtown Louisville, Ky., to 12th and Broadway, in the

Black Catholics: Words not enough as church decries racism

Jun. 22, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Roman Catholics are hearing their church’s leaders calling for racial justice once again after the killing of George Floyd, but this time they’re demanding not just words but action. As protests against racism and police brutality continue nationwide, there are rising...

Freeman Culver stands in front of a mural listing the names of businesses destroyed during the Tulsa race massacre in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, June 15, 2020, on the other side of what's historically the city's white-black dividing line from where President Donald Trump will rally Saturday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

How black history is taught in schools faces new scrutiny

Jun. 18, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For decades, when it was discussed at all, the killing of hundreds of people in a prosperous black business district nearly a century ago was referred to as the Tulsa race riot. Under new standards developed by teachers, Oklahoma students are urged to consider the differences between...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2018, file photo, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, talks with Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Students at California State University, the nation's largest four-year public university system, will need to take courses in ethnic studies under legislation advanced on Thursday, June 18, 2020, a move by lawmakers to impose new graduation requirements that the colleges want to set themselves.

Ethnic studies to be required at largest US public college

Jun. 18, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Students at California State University, the nation's largest four-year public university system, will need to take courses in ethnic studies under legislation advanced Thursday, a move by lawmakers to impose new graduation requirements that the colleges want to set themselves....

6 former Iran hostages speak with Virginia history students

Jun. 7, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Indian River High School teacher Craig Blackman is always looking for an interesting research project for his Advanced Placement U.S. History students to tackle each year. So when he learned that one of the Americans who’d been taken captive in 1979 in Iran and held for 444...