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Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 13, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. October 13, 2021. Editorial: The Tampa Bay Rays loss hurts. Losing the Rays would hurt a lot more The Rays are looking for a new stadium. Will the Tampa Bay area deliver? That hurt. Losing a playoff series always...

Judge continues to prohibit Iowa enforcement of mask ban law

Oct. 08, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge Friday extended an order that will prevent state officials from enforcing a law that prohibits school districts from implementing mask requirements until a federal lawsuit challenging the law can be heard. Judge Robert Pratt had...

Florida submits plan for final $2.3 billion in school relief

Oct. 07, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida submitted its plan to draw down its remaining $2.3 billion in federal school relief money late Wednesday, proposing to boost reading and math programs and help students who want to learn a trade. The plan also acknowledges the challenges of the pandemic,...

Flush with COVID-19 aid, schools steer funding to sports

Oct. 06, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One Wisconsin school district built a new football field. In Iowa, a high school weight room is getting a renovation. Another in Kentucky is replacing two outdoor tracks — all of this funded by the billions of dollars in federal pandemic relief Congress sent to...

Feds: Florida missed deadline to receive $2.3B in school aid

Oct. 05, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is the last state to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education that's required before more than $2.3 billion in federal aid for Florida schools can be released, according to a letter sent to the state Monday. The letter sent to...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Oct. 04, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

Houston Chronicle. Oct. 1, 2021. Editorial: What Texas is this? GOP maps ignore huge growth in minority populations If power reveals character, as LBJ biographer Robert Caro has argued, then what does the power of Texas Republican lawmakers in Austin...

Oklahoma student test scores down at end of pandemic year

Oct. 01, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma school students scored lower on standardized tests in 2021 following a year of disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The department reported 22.1% scored proficient in math,...

Education professor married to Mississippi ex-governor dies

Sep. 27, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Miss. (AP) — Melody Bruce Musgrove, former director of the Office of Special Education Programs for the U.S. Department of Education and wife of former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, died Monday. She was 61. She died at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,...

1st Florida school district gets US cash for virus mask vote

Sep. 23, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district has received cash from President Joe Biden's administration to make up for state pay cuts imposed over a board's vote for a student anti-coronavirus mask mandate. Alachua County school Superintendent Carlee Simon said...

3 elementary schools recognized for academic excellence

Sep. 22, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia elementary schools have gotten national recognition for academic excellence. Putnam County’s Rock Branch Elementary, Raleigh County’s Crescent Elementary and Wood County’s Criss Elementary were named Tuesday as 2021...