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West Brooklyn Community High School principal Malik Lewis, left, bumps elbows with former student Jason Cardoso after Cardoso came to pick up the diploma he earned when he graduated in March, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Cardoso, along with many West Brooklyn students who graduated in the spring, was unable to get back to the school because he's working during school hours. The school has been forced to close three times since spring due to coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NYC to reopen schools, even as virus spread intensifies

Nov. 29, 2020 6:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will reopen its school system to in-person learning, and increase the number of days a week many children attend class, even as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. The announcement marks a major policy reversal for the nation's...

Principal Susan Stevens talks to the media during a demonstration of a socially-distanced classroom at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering Monday, July 20, 2020, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Rapid COVID-19 tests for SC schools in place next week

Nov. 27, 2020 11:56 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The new rapid result COVID-19 tests promised to South Carolina schools by Gov. Henry McMaster should be at some districts by the start of school next week, education officials said. McMaster signed an executive order Wednesday giving state health officials permission to begin rolling...

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

Nov. 25, 2020 9:00 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — National reading and math tests long used to track what U.S. students know in those subjects are being postponed from next year to 2022 over concerns about whether testing would be feasible or produce valid results during the coronavirus pandemic, the National Center for Education...

Vehicles line up as healthcare workers help to check-in as citizens are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

The Latest: Washington state sees record hospitalizations

Nov. 22, 2020 9:18 PM EST

SEATTLE — Health officials in Washington state said the number of people who were hospitalized to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a record high. KOMO-TV reports there were 762 people receiving hospital care for the virus in Washington as of Saturday. At the Swedish First Hill campus of...

School accountability measures up in the air amid pandemic

Nov. 21, 2020 12:01 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak prompted the Arizona Legislature to cancel statewide standard tests and skip assigning new A-F grades to schools for the 2019-2020 school year. But what about the current school year? It's not yet clear whether it will be possible to grade schools' academic...

Texas education board set to revise sex education curriculum

Nov. 20, 2020 5:46 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In the first changes to the sex education curriculum in Texas in more than 20 years, the State Board of Education on Friday approved teaching middle schoolers about birth control but decided against providing students with information on consent, sexual orientation and gender identity....

University of Utah student Abigail Shull takes a rapid COVID-19 test at the University of Utah student testing site Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City. As college students prepare to go home for the holidays, some schools are quickly ramping up COVID-19 testing to try to keep infections from spreading further as the coronavirus surges across the U.S. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

Nov. 20, 2020 3:23 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As college students prepare to go home for the holidays, some schools are quickly ramping up COVID-19 testing to try to keep infections from spreading further as the coronavirus surges across the U.S. Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, right, speaks during a COVID-19 briefing as state epidemiologist Linda Bell, left, looks on in West Columbia, S.C. Like many states, South Carolina later experienced a surge in infections that forced McMaster to dial back his reopening plan. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)

McMaster: Get tested for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving

Nov. 19, 2020 7:03 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In his first public briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in more than two months, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday doubled down on his pledge to not impose new restrictions to curb COVID-19. Instead, the governor debuted a new slogan ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday,...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, State school Superintendent Richard Woods speaks at a news conference in Atlanta, where Gov. Brian Kemp announced legislation to cut five mandatory standardized tests for Georgia public school students, including four in high schools. The state Board of Education on Thursday, Aug. 27 chose which four high school tests it will drop. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Georgia high school tests won't count toward student grades

Nov. 19, 2020 3:13 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — State standardized tests won't count toward public high school students' grades in Georgia this year, after members of the state Board of Education reversed themselves and agreed Thursday with state Superintendent Richard Woods. The board voted 10-3 Thursday to make end-of-course exams in...

Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb participates in the Indiana Gubernatorial debate with Democrat Woody Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Indianapolis. The candidates were in separate studios to allow for social distancing guidelines. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Holcomb announces pick for new Indiana education secretary

Nov. 19, 2020 2:12 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has tapped his senior education advisor to serve as the state's first secretary of education, marking the first time in more than a century the state schools superintendent position isn’t decided by voters. Katie Jenner will officially take on the role...