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How did hair become part of school dress codes? Some students see vestiges of racism

Feb. 21, 2024 10:48 AM EST

For as long as schools have policed hairstyles as part of their dress codes, some students have seen the rules as attempts to deny their cultural and religious identities. Nowhere have school rules on hair been a bigger flashpoint than in Texas, where a trial this week is set to...

How the Kremlin weaponized Russian history — and has used it to justify the war in Ukraine

Feb. 21, 2024 07:06 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Earlier this month, when Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading Ukraine two years ago, Putin gave him a lecture on Russian history. The 71-year-old Russian leader spent more than 20 minutes showering a baffled Carlson with dates and names going...

Taekwondo instructor killed his 7-year-old student and the boy’s parents, Sydney police say

Feb. 20, 2024 23:02 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A taekwondo instructor killed a 7-year-old student at his academy and the boy's parents before going to a Sydney hospital with stab and slash wounds on his body, police said Wednesday. Kwang Kyung Yoo, owner of the Lion’s Taekwondo and Martial Arts...

Georgia Senate considers controls on school libraries and criminal charges for librarians

Feb. 20, 2024 20:52 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A proposal that would require school libraries to notify parents of every book their child checks out was advanced by Georgia senators Tuesday, while a proposal to subject school librarians to criminal charges for distributing material containing obscenity waits in the wings. ...

Utah school board member censured over transgender comments is seeking reelection

Feb. 20, 2024 19:18 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah State Board of Education member who is facing pressure from top state leaders to resign after lawmakers say she bullied a student on social media has instead announced that she is running for reelection this fall. Conservative board member Natalie Cline...

Kentucky GOP lawmaker pitches his early childhood education plan as way to head off childcare crisis

Feb. 20, 2024 16:31 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker on Tuesday promoted his ambitious plan to bolster early childhood education as a way to head off a looming crisis once pandemic-era federal aid dries up for the childcare sector. Kentucky state Sen. Danny Carroll pitched his legislation...

Evers signs bill requiring UW to admit top Wisconsin high school students

Feb. 20, 2024 15:30 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday signed into law a bipartisan measure that requires the University of Wisconsin-Madison to admit all high school students who finish in the top 5% of their class. All other UW campuses would have to admit those in the top 10%, under...

Bill would let Georgia schools drop property tax rates and still get state aid

Feb. 20, 2024 13:15 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Property tax rates could drop in some Georgia school districts under a House plan that would let districts with low property wealth continue to qualify for state aid even if they decrease property tax rates. The House voted 161-12 on Tuesday for House Bill 987,...

Italy again prosecutes Egypt officials for the 2016 torture and death of Italian student in Cairo

Feb. 20, 2024 07:14 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Four high-level Egyptian security officials went on trial in absentia before a Rome court on Tuesday, accused in the 2016 abduction, torture and slaying of an Italian doctoral student in Cairo. Giulio Regeni’s body was found on a highway days after he disappeared in...

Tribal bloodshed shines spotlight on instability in strategically vital Papua New Guinea

Feb. 20, 2024 02:44 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A tribal clash in Papua New Guinea’s remote highlands in which at least 26 people were killed has put a growing internal security problem under the microscope in the strategically vital South Pacific island nation that has garnered closer military attention from the...