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Muncie Schools set 2 days for in-person enrollment

Jul. 11, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Officials in Muncie Community Schools have set aside two days for parents who want to enroll their children in person. Each of the district’s school buildings will be open for class registration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and 1-6 p.m. Thursday. The Star Press in Muncie reports...

Rows of school buses are parked at their terminal, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Zelienople, Pa. Pennsylvania schools are working on how they will safely transport students this fall, but one idea that won't be part of the plan is to install plastic barriers around school bus drivers. The state Transportation Department rejected that idea recently, saying there wasn't evidence it'll make anyone safer. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Buses pose particular challenge for schools' pandemic plans

Jul. 11, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to construct plastic barriers around school bus drivers as a COVID-19 mitigation tactic was shot down by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, a sign of one particular challenge — among many — schools face as they plan for a fall reopening. The state...

Racial reckoning draws in namesakes of Virginia Tech's past

Jul. 11, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Since Virginia Tech announced in early June that it would once again reexamine the name of a dorm mired in Ku Klux Klan controversy, focus has turned to other campus facilities named for men with ties to the Confederacy and white supremacy. Colleges nationwide are rethinking place...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference in Madison, Wis. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday, July 10, 2020, overturned three of four partial budget vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, bucking decades of court precedent that upheld the governor's broad veto powers. However, the justices also upheld one of Evers' vetoes and declined to consider a challenge to a pair of partial vetoes issued by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2017, saying the 2019 lawsuit was filed too late.(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Wisconsin high court gives mixed ruling on partial vetoes

Jul. 10, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday overturned three of four partial budget vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, bucking 85 years of court precedent that upheld the governor’s broad veto powers. However, the justices also upheld one of...

Missouri to get federal help for costly May storms

Jul. 10, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved Missouri’s request for a federal disaster declaration for severe storms in early May. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's office said Friday in a news release that the declaration means federal assistance will be available to help 19 counties...

University sheds civil rights opponent's name from building

Jul. 10, 2020 5:46 AM EDT

MURFREESBORO, N.C. (AP) — A university in North Carolina has decided to rename its athletic facility because of the previous namesake's opposition to civil rights. The Helms Center at Chowan University in Murfreesboro was named after former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms, who fiercely opposed civil...

Edwards agrees to protect schools from most virus lawsuits

Jul. 8, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's K-12 schools and colleges will be shielded from most civil lawsuits if a student or teacher contracts the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus under a bill that Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law Wednesday. Lawmakers agreed in the special session that ended June...

Districts can choose mix of online, in-school classes

Jul. 8, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri school districts will be allowed to have students attend every other day and learn remotely on alternating days, helping schools avoid fund penalties related to attendance. The State Board of Education passed two emergency rules Tuesday establishing hybrid instructions...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, students at Stuyvesant High School leave after classes in New York. Most New York City students will return to their physical schools two or three days a week and learn online the rest of the time under a plan announced Wednesday, July 8, 2020, by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said schools can't accommodate all their students at any one time and maintain safe social distancing. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

NYC mayor unveils plan to reopen schools in fall

Jul. 8, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a hybrid back-to-school plan Wednesday with most students inside their physical schools just two or three days a week, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it's up to him to decide whether schools can open at all. De Blasio said his plan calls for most...

Denver school board votes to remove cops from schools

Jul. 8, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver Public Schools will phase out its use of police officers in school buildings by the end of the next school year because of concerns about how minority students are treated by the police. The school board voted unanimously Thursday night in favor of a resolution that requires the number...