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Some Texas schools may call slavery 'involuntary relocation'

Jun. 30, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Public schools in Texas would describe slavery to second graders as “involuntary relocation” under new social studies standards proposed to the state's education board. A group of nine educators submitted the idea to the State Board of Education as part of...

Teacher denies he made Black students pick seeds from cotton

Jun. 22, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A white school teacher in Rochester accused of telling his class of mostly Black students to pick seeds out of cotton during a history lesson said in a lawsuit that allegations against him are false. Patrick Rausch said in a lawsuit filed Friday that he...

Black Americans living abroad reflect on Juneteenth holiday

Jun. 20, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — As the United States marks only the second federally recognized Juneteenth, Black Americans living overseas have embraced the holiday as a day of reflection and an opportunity to educate people in their host countries on Black history. President Joe Biden moved...

Juneteenth celebrations emphasize ending racial disparities

Jun. 19, 2022 20:14 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — After Opal Lee led hundreds in a walk through her Texas hometown to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, the 95-year-old Black woman who helped successfully push for the holiday to get national recognition said it's important that people learn the history behind it. ...

West Virginia students receive Golden Horseshoe award

Jun. 14, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia honored 221 eighth graders Tuesday for their knowledge of state history. The Department of Education hosted the Golden Horseshoe ceremonies at the state Culture Center in Charleston. Three ceremonies took place for students from different...

Uvalde school police chief defends Texas shooting response

Jun. 10, 2022 01:28 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas school police chief criticized for his actions during one of the deadliest classroom shootings in U.S. history said in his first extensive comments, published Thursday, that he did not consider himself the person in charge as the massacre unfolded and assumed...

Former Corinthian students get federal student debt erased

Jun. 01, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of students who attended the for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain will automatically get their federal student loans canceled, the Biden administration announced Wednesday, a move that aims to bring closure to one of the most notorious cases of fraud in...

NY cancels state US history test after Buffalo shooting

May. 24, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. history and government exam for New York high school students has been canceled in the wake of the racist shooting at a Buffalo supermarket over concerns that material on the test could “compound student trauma," education officials said Tuesday. The...

Mississippi city's earliest Black leaders celebrated

May. 10, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Many of the earliest Black leaders of a Mississippi city were celebrated as part of the community's Eighth of May Emancipation Day. Students from the Mississippi School for Math and Science on Monday highlighted some of Columbus' key African American leaders...

Teacher under fire for cotton, cuffs in class on slavery

Apr. 30, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester school officials are investigating allegations that a white teacher told his class of mostly Black students to pick seeds out of cotton and put on handcuffs during lessons on slavery in a seventh-grade social studies class. “It made me feel bad to...