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Graduation rates dip across US as pandemic stalls progress

Jan. 24, 2022 08:14 AM EST

High school graduation rates dipped in at least 20 states after the first full school year disrupted by the pandemic, suggesting the coronavirus may have ended nearly two decades of nationwide progress toward getting more students diplomas, an analysis shows. The drops came despite...

State firefighting academy to graduate nearly 40 recruits

Jan. 23, 2022 14:39 PM EST

STOW, Mass. (AP) — Nearly 40 people are scheduled to graduate from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in two separate graduation ceremonies this week. Nineteen recruits will receive certificates of completion during a ceremony this Friday at Department of Fire Services...

Groups seek to boost the number of Black men teaching

Jan. 16, 2022 00:08 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Tina Fletcher figured out her life’s purpose when she met her ninth-grade civics teacher. Mrs. Payne was Black, like Fletcher, and was one of the first teachers of color Fletcher had in her rural Arkansas town. “I knew from that point...

Kansas City public school district earns full accreditation

Jan. 11, 2022 13:33 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — For the first time in two decades, the Kansas City public school district has improved its performance enough to achieve full accreditation, the State Board of Education announced Tuesday. The board voted unanimously to restore full accreditation to the...

Amid pandemic, just 25% of students took statewide tests

Jan. 07, 2022 18:51 PM EST

California’s Department of Education said Friday that only 25% of students took statewide assessment tests in 2020-21 as schools scrambled to administer the exams in the midst of the pandemic. The low participation rate makes it impossible to know the full extent of learning loss...

East Alabama community college launches new health program

Jan. 05, 2022 09:18 AM EST

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Southern Union State Community College has launched a program to train physical therapy assistants, joining a half-dozen other Alabama community colleges that offer such programs. Students in Southern Union’s program begin classes this week, The Opelika-Auburn...

Germanna launches first high school cybersecurity class

Dec. 25, 2021 09:05 AM EST

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The 10 students in Stephen Tate’s cybersecurity fundamentals class are unwitting multitaskers. In addition to preparing to pass the Computing Technology Industry Association’s Security+ exam—an exam usually given to those who have worked in the...

12-year-old girl graduates from South Florida college

Dec. 25, 2021 03:18 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — During her first in-person biology lab on campus, the professor asked the class to find an object and swab it for bacteria. Most students wiped their desks and phones. Sawsan Ahmed reached into her backpack and pulled out her white teddy bear, Ben. Her...

US General seeks to strengthen South American military ties

Dec. 17, 2021 19:51 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. military's new Southern Command Gen. Laura Richardson said Friday she is focused on strengthening military relationships with South American countries despite fraught politics. Richardson was in Denver to speak at a graduation ceremony at her alma mater,...

In SC, Biden pledges fight for voting rights, police reform

Dec. 17, 2021 16:58 PM EST

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — President Joe Biden pledged Friday to fight for stalled voting rights and police reform legislation, addressing graduates of South Carolina State University amid the harsh reality that months of talks with lawmakers have failed to move the measures closer to becoming law....