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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, a gate opens to the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Mass. The U.S. Education Department said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, it is investigating foreign gifts made to Harvard and Yale as part of a broader review of international money flowing to American universities. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Education Department probes foreign gifts to Yale, Harvard

Feb. 13, 2020 4:30 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Education Department is investigating foreign gifts made to Harvard and Yale as part of a broader review of international money flowing to American universities, officials said. The department said Wednesday it is reviewing whether the Ivy League schools potentially failed...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Feb. 12, 2020 4:13 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: North East charts path to future Erie Times-News Feb. 10As the 2021 closure of the Mercyhurst University North East campus draws near, the North East community stands at a pivotal crossroads. We don’t have to look far to...

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One to travel to a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump seeks big increase in career-technical education money

Feb. 10, 2020 6:23 PM EST

President Donald Trump is proposing a $900 million increase in education spending to teach skills and trades, in what would be a historic federal infusion into a spending area that's been stagnant for years. The announcement Monday follows Trump's State of the Union push for career and technical education and is...

President Donald Trump smiles as he speaks at the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast, at the Washington Hilton, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Campaigner or commander in chief? No difference for Trump

Feb. 6, 2020 11:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dispatching Cabinet secretaries across the country to woo Iowa voters. Using private cash to finance an official made-for-TV moment. Delivering a State of the Union address that doubled as a campaign kickoff speech. Holding an impeachment acquittal victory rally in the White House East...

Pence takes post-acquittal victory lap in Pennsylvania swing

Feb. 5, 2020 7:54 PM EST

CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence made a swing through Pennsylvania on Wednesday into a post-acquittal victory lap, rousing a crowd of hundreds barely an hour after the Senate rejected articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. “You know, it's amazing to think about it,...

Vice President Mike Pence poses with kids after his speech. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, Vice President Pence traveled to Madison, Wisc., to  deliver remarks at the Wisconsin School Choice Student Showcase at the Wisconsin State Capitol. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Pence touts school choice in liberal capital of Wisconsin

Jan. 28, 2020 3:13 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touted alternatives to a public school education during a visit Tuesday to the state where the private school voucher program began, stopping in battleground Wisconsin for a noontime celebration in the state Capitol. Pence, and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy...

President Donald Trump listens to a question during an event on prayer in public schools, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump boosts school prayer, faith groups as he rallies base

Jan. 16, 2020 6:18 PM EST

In a bid to solidify his evangelical base, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to protect prayer in public schools and took new steps to give religious organizations easier access to federal programs. Speaking at an Oval Office event and joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Trump unveiled the federal...

FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, people protest against school vouchers in Nashville, Tenn.  Tennessee education officials remained largely in the dark on how parents misspent school voucher funds while using state-issued debit cards over the past school year, a review by The Associated Press has found.  The Tennessee voucher program is currently modest in scale but is set to expand under Republican leadership over the next year. Under the program, the state gives families of children with certain disabilities the option of removing their student from public school and then provided a state-issued debit card loaded with tax dollars to help cover their children's needs in the private sector. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

AP Exclusive: State voucher violations leave details unknown

Jan. 15, 2020 6:22 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some Tennessee parents were accused of misspending thousands of dollars in school voucher funds while using state-issued debit cards over the past school year, a review by The Associated Press has found, and state officials say they do not know what many of those purchases were for....

FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, people protest against school vouchers in Nashville, Tenn.  Tennessee education officials remained largely in the dark on how parents misspent school voucher funds while using state-issued debit cards over the past school year, a review by The Associated Press has found.  The Tennessee voucher program is currently modest in scale but is set to expand under Republican leadership over the next year. Under the program, the state gives families of children with certain disabilities the option of removing their student from public school and then provided a state-issued debit card loaded with tax dollars to help cover their children's needs in the private sector. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

AP Exclusive: State voucher violations leave details unknown

Jan. 15, 2020 6:04 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some Tennessee parents were accused of misspending thousands of dollars in school voucher funds while using state-issued debit cards over the past school year, a review by The Associated Press has found, and state officials say they do not know what many of those purchases were for....

Rubio urges Trump to avoid Maduro as stalemate drags on

Jan. 7, 2020 6:04 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to stay the course in Venezuela and reject the temptation to engage directly with Nicolas Maduro as the embattled socialist rides out growing international condemnation and punishing U.S. sanctions. The Florida Republican has been a...