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Bog turtle becomes New Jersey's state reptile

Jun. 19, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has an official state reptile. The governor on Monday signed legislation designating the title to the bog turtle. Two years ago, Riverside Elementary School science teacher Mark Eastburn told his students that New Jersey didn't have a state reptile. So, they decided to...

Mural commemorating historic court ruling nears completion

Jun. 19, 2018 7:14 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A large mural in Topeka commemorating the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case is nearing completion. The 1954 ruling declared that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports...

Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up

Jun. 19, 2018 12:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low. About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show. There hadn't been much change the previous two years, but it's been clear there's been a general decline and the new...

School honoring Confederate general to be renamed for Obama

Jun. 18, 2018 10:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city is rebranding its only school named after a Confederate general to honor the United States' first black president. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Richmond School Board voted 6-1 Monday to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School to Barack Obama Elementary School....

Maryland county settles lawsuit with transgender teen

Jun. 18, 2018 8:31 PM EDT

EASTON, Md. (AP) — A Maryland county board of education has settled a lawsuit with a transgender teen that it tried to block from using certain locker rooms. The Daily Record of Baltimore reports 16-year-old Max Brennan filed the lawsuit when his middle school barred him from using boys' facilities. A...

University of Kansas expands 3-year bachelor degree program

Jun. 17, 2018 4:59 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has expanded a program to help students earn a bachelor's degree in three years. The "Degree in 3" streamlines course credits from 10 regional high schools and community colleges with the university's Edwards campus bachelor's degrees. The Kansas City Star...

DC's public schools go from success story to cautionary tale

Jun. 17, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation's capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for districts across the country. Now the situation in the District of Columbia could not be more different. After a series...

Kansas court upholds law ending teachers' guaranteed tenure

Jun. 15, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas law that stripped public school teachers of guaranteed tenure doesn't violate the state or federal constitution because legislators had the power to modify or end the policy, the state Supreme Court declared Friday. The court ruled against two veteran teachers who sued their...

Walmart heirs' groups deny role in Georgia governor's race

Jun. 15, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

Representatives of the Walmart company heirs deny any involvement in the Georgia governor's race after a candidate was secretly recorded saying he backed a school choice law because campaign money from the family's non-profit foundation was at stake. Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle admits making the remarks that...

District could delay Lee School name change for new options

Jun. 15, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa school district wants to delay renaming a school whose namesake is Confederate General Robert E. Lee amid pushback that the new name isn't so new. Tulsa Public Schools voted last month to rename the elementary school "Lee School," but many residents questioned why the school...