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A Chicago charter school teacher Angela McByrd poses for a photo before work on her laptop to teach remotely from her home in Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Most students in Illinois have been starting remote learning this fall, according to results from an Illinois State Board of Education survey. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

When school is home and home is school, which rules prevail?

Oct. 13, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Toys that look like weapons. Barefoot students. Disruptive imagery in the background. Pets roaming the room. All a clear violation of rules inside most American classrooms. But that was when most American students were actually inside schools. How do standards like these translate when...

2-term Louisiana governor Mike Foster dies at 90

Oct. 4, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Murphy J. “Mike” Foster Jr., a folksy millionaire businessman who pushed major changes in education policy and lawsuit rules through an increasingly conservative state Legislature in the 1990s, died Sunday. He was 90. Marsanne Golsby, who was...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Biden for President Black economic summit at Camp North End in Charlotte, N.C. The final stretch of a presidential campaign is typically a nonstop mix of travel, caffeine and adrenaline. But as the worst pandemic in a century bears down on the United States, Joe Biden is taking a lower key approach. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Biden's push for unity faces test with Supreme Court fight

Sep. 25, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

From the opening of his third presidential bid, Joe Biden has argued that he is in a unique position to mend a fractured nation and work — even with Republicans — to “unify the country” into some semblance of consensus. That central thesis of the Democratic presidential nominee's...

Maine gets help to cut diesel emissions from vehicles, boats

Sep. 19, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is awarding Maine nearly a half-million dollars to reduce diesel emissions by targeting vehicles and boats to be retrofitted for cleaner energy sources. The effort will help repower vessels and vehicles in the state and reduce emissions, said Democratic U.S....

Judge finds state improperly released test scores to media

Sep. 18, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction violated state law when it withheld voucher students' standardized test scores for a day last fall, a judge ruled Friday. School Choice Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, a conservative law firm, sued the department...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020 file photo, Danbury High School sophomore Alanna Smith speaks during a news conference at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Conn. The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding for Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. In response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender female track athletes, including Smith, who argued that two transgender female runners had an unfair physical advantage, the federal agency's office for civil rights determined in May that Connecticut's policy violates the civil rights of athletes who are not transgender. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

Federal funding threatened over transgender athlete policy

Sep. 17, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding from Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. In response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2020, file photo Education Secretary Betsy DeVos arrives for an event in the State Dining room of the White House in Washington. As millions of American children start the school year online, the Trump administration is hoping to convert their parents’ frustration and anger into newfound support for school choice policies that DeVos has long championed but struggled to advance nationally.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Trump, DeVos raise school choice in appeal to vexed parents

Sep. 14, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

As millions of American children start the school year online, the Trump administration is hoping to convert their parents’ frustration and anger into newfound support for school choice policies that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has long championed but struggled to advance nationally. DeVos and...

With 2 new schools coming, Sioux Falls eyes open enrollment

Sep. 14, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Sioux Falls school board next month will look at changing the district’s open enrollment policy. The possible changes come as the district prepares to open two new schools in fall of 2021. They also come amid allegations of favoritism among high schools and bias in...

3 Vermont families sue for tuition for religious schools

Sep. 10, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

Three families are suing Vermont’s education secretary and certain school districts, saying that denying them a state tuition benefit to send their children to religious schools is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court comes two months after a divided U.S. Supreme Court...

New Trump rule ties college funding to speech, faith rights

Sep. 9, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

The Trump administration is moving forward with a policy that expands protections for religious groups on college campuses and threatens to cut federal education funding to colleges that violate free speech rules. The rule was issued by the Education Department Wednesday, less than two months before the election,...