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Montana schools chief blasts governor over mask requirement

Aug. 13, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The ongoing dispute between Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and the state’s schools chief deepened Thursday when Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen blasted Bullock for announcing a school mask requirement without consulting her. Arntzen is a Republican running for...

Omaha-area schools report COVID-19 cases days after opening

Aug. 13, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Schools in the Omaha area are reporting new cases of the coronavirus just days after opening classes to in-person attendance during a global pandemic. Officials with Millard Public Schools disclosed two confirmed cases this week at the district's Reagan Elementary School, while Ralston...

W.Va. teachers' union wants public schools to start online

Aug. 13, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teachers’ union is urging public schools to avoid face-to-face instruction when students return next month due to the coronavirus. The West Virginia Education Association suggested the online-only start Thursday based on a survey of the union’s...

Initiative backers call it quits on education ballot drive

Aug. 13, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho group that had been collecting online signatures for an education initiative called off the effort on Thursday following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against them late last month. The court case remains alive, but it’s back at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and not...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a pedestrian wears a face mask while standing outside the High School of Economics & Finance, closed due to coronavirus concerns, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NYC mayor defends school opening timetable as concerns rise

Aug. 13, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held firm Thursday to plans to reopen the nation’s largest public school system within a month, despite pleas from teachers and principals to delay the return of students to classrooms. The city is aiming for a hybrid reopening Sept. 10, with most...

New Mexico State University announces likely faculty cuts

Aug. 13, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University said there will likely be faculty cuts because of a reduced budget induced by the coronavirus pandemic. University regents approved a 10.5% budget reduction to the main campus in July. Every department at the university must submit plans for a 6%, 9% and...

Trump administration: Confucius Institute is arm of Beijing

Aug. 13, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday designated the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a foreign mission of the Chinese Communist Party, alleging that the program to help teach Chinese language classes in America is part of Beijing’s propaganda and influence operations on campuses...

Rock Hill School Board member Terry Hutchinson gets his temperature checked before a meeting in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Like school boards across the nation, Rock Hill's board has had to answer the simple question when do children return to school with no easy or guaranteed safe answer.  (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

'Impossible': School boards are at heart of reopening debate

Aug. 13, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Helena Miller listened to teachers, terrified to reenter classrooms, and parents, exhausted from trying to make virtual learning work at home. She heard from school officials who spent hundreds of hours on thousands of details — buses, classrooms, football, arts, special...

Boston University faculty protesting reopening plan

Aug. 13, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston University faculty are planning to protest the school's plan to reopen the campus this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. Faculty are planning a car rally on Thursday to call on the school to provide employees the option to work from home and provide free personal protective...

In this handout photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and provided by Russian Direct Investment Fund, an employee works with a coronavirus vaccine at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. Russia on Tuesday, Aug. 11 became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine for use in tens of thousands of its citizens despite international skepticism about injections that have not completed clinical trials and were studied in only dozens of people for less than two months. (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)

The Latest: WHO: Russian vaccine not in advanced test stages

Aug. 13, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

LONDON — The World Health Organization says the vaccine approved by Russia this week is not among the nine that it considers in the advanced stages of testing. WHO and partners have included nine experimental COVID-19 vaccines within an investment mechanism it is encouraging countries to join, known as the...