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Travelers wearing face masks crowd at Haneda airport in Tokyo Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, on the first day of the 4-day holiday. (Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: On holiday weekend, travel surges in Japan

Sep. 19, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

TOKYO — Train stations and airports in Japan were filled with people over this “Silver Week” holiday weekend running through Tuesday, in a sign of recovering local travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. The surge of domestic travel is a contrast to previous holidays, such as the summer Obon....

Indian passengers queue up to test for COVID-19 at a facility erected at a railway station to screen people coming from outside the city, in Ahmedabad, India, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. India's coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. India is expected to have the highest number of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

The Latest: U of Colorado shifting students for virus cases

Sep. 18, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

DENVER — The University of Colorado has forced some students to move out of their dorms to create more isolation housing for students with coronavirus infections as case numbers continue to increase at the Boulder campus. The Denver Post reported that the university said in an email to affected students...

School cancels DeVos visit, says a staffer tested positive

Sep. 18, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Bedford public school canceled a scheduled visit Friday by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesperson for the New Hampshire Department of Education said. “They had informed us this morning that they had a positive...

SC justices reopen courtroom with school funding lawsuit

Sep. 18, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Meeting in person for oral arguments for the first time since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Friday over whether Gov. Henry McMaster has the power to direct $32 million in federal pandemic relief funds to private schools. A...

Masked students walk through the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. College towns across the U.S. have emerged as coronavirus hot spots in recent weeks as schools struggle to contain the virus. Out of nearly 600 students tested for the virus at Ball State, more than half have returned been found positive, according to data reported by the school. Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus parties, prompting university officials to admonish students. 
 (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Infection rates soar in college towns as students return

Sep. 17, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Just two weeks after students started returning to Ball State University last month, the surrounding county had become Indiana’s coronavirus epicenter. Out of nearly 600 students tested for the virus, more than half have been positive. Dozens of infections have been blamed on...

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...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Lori Loughlin departs federal court in Boston with her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, left, after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. In August 2020, the couple was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty for paying bribes to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as rowing recruits. (AP Photo/Philip Marcelo, File)

Few parents, coaches still fighting charges in college scam

Sep. 10, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — TV actresses. A well-known fashion designer. Business leaders. Entrepreneurs. One by one, they have admitted to using their wealth to bribe and cheat their kids' ways into top universities across the country, often as athletic recruits for sports their children didn't even play. The...

FILE- In this Aug. 31, 2020 file photo, Miami-Dade County Public Schools' superintendent Alberto Carvalho glances towards student Emily Acosta as she does school work in her mother's class as he stopped by Bob Graham Education Center in Miami Lakes, Fla. Authorities announced, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, that a 16-year-old student has been arrested for orchestrating a series of network outages and cyberattacks during the first week of school in Florida's largest district. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP, File)

Miami-Dade school district cuts ties with online platform

Sep. 10, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's largest school district is severing ties with an online platform many blame for failures as the county tries to get kids back to school. Following a 13-hour meeting, the Miami-Dade County School Board unanimously voted early Thursday to stop using My School Online. Teachers can now...

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,...

Gov. Brian Kemp greets state school Superintendent Richard Woods as he entered his ceremonial office where he announced legislation to cut five mandatory standardized tests for Georgia public school students, including four in high school, during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Atlanta.  The Republican officials are also trying to cut the length of state tests and evaluate local tests that Georgia's 181 school districts give to evaluate student progress.  (Bob Andres /Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia school chief: `Don't worry' if feds force testing

Sep. 3, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's students are likely to have to take state standardized tests this spring, even though state schools Superintendent Richard Woods and Gov. Brian Kemp don't want them to, citing the continuing disruption of the coronavirus pandemic. It's less clear, though, if the tests will fill...