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Teen activists score mental health days for Oregon students

Jul. 21, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Oregon (AP) — Oregon will allow students to take "mental health days" just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law that experts say is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. But don't call it coddling. The...

Parents told they could lose kids over unpaid school lunches

Jul. 19, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

KINGSTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district is warning that children could end up in foster care if their parents do not pay overdue school lunch bills. The letters sent recently to about 1,000 parents in Wyoming Valley West School District have led to complaints from parents and a stern rebuke...

About 10,000 au pairs to get paid in class-action settlement

Jul. 18, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — About 10,000 live-in childcare workers from around the world will share in a class-action settlement in a case that challenged whether they should be treated as employees entitled to minimum wage or members of the family learning about the United States while helping out at home. U.S....

Notre Dame's melted lead prompts deep clean for schools

Jul. 18, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The city of Paris has ordered a deep cleaning for schools nearest to Notre Dame, whose lead roof melted away in the cathedral's devastating fire in April. The announcement Thursday comes after a French investigative site reported that lead levels at many schools were far higher than considered...

US: Russia refusing visas to teachers of diplomats' kids

Jul. 17, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. and British embassies in Moscow said on Wednesday that Russia has refused visas to teachers at a school that educates diplomats' children. Ambassador Jon Huntsman that Russia hasn't issued visas to 30 new teachers who are due to arrive next month and adds "children should not be used...

Germany introducing mandatory measles vaccination for kids

Jul. 17, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government is proposing a measure to make measles vaccinations mandatory for children and employees of kindergartens and schools. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet approved the plan Wednesday, noting the number of measles infections has risen significantly in recent years....

DeVos: Efforts to boycott Israel are a 'pernicious threat'

Jul. 15, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday that a movement to boycott Israel has become a "pernicious threat" on college campuses and is fueled by bias against Jews. Speaking at a Justice Department summit on anti-Semitism, DeVos issued a scathing rebuke of the BDS movement, a campaign led by pro-Palestine...

Liz Weston: Teach your teen about college costs starting now

Jul. 8, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

Many families struggle to pay college expenses for one or two kids. Certified financial planner Sarah Carlson, mother of two sets of twins, will soon have all four of her children in college at the same time. The older twins are already there, to be joined soon by the younger two. But years ago, Carlson started...

Maine community supplying tents for housing for the homeless

Jul. 5, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A single mother facing eviction in Maine turned to her city government for help — and was offered a tent, and camping gear. And now the camping gear is in short supply, as well. Belfast General Assistance Administrator Jodie Stout tells the Bangor Daily News that the city can't...

Malaysian ex-PM stepson to be charged with money laundering

Jul. 4, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's anti-graft agency said Thursday it has detained Riza Aziz, the stepson of former Prime Minister Najib Razak and a Hollywood film producer, and will charge him with money laundering. Anti-Corruption Commission chief Latheefa Koya said Riza was picked up Thursday but...