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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, Gov. Kristi Noem gives her first budget address to lawmakers at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D. Noem will use her State of the State address to pitch prospective businesses on why they should move to South Dakota, the Republican governor told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/James Nord, File)

South Dakota governor backs Native American culture schools

Feb. 18, 2020 2:07 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A proposal to start schools in South Dakota that focus on teaching Native American language and culture has gained a key ally in Gov. Kristi Noem. Noem has found herself at odds with many of the tribes in South Dakota as she pushed revamped laws to punish the “urging” of...

Parents sue Madison schools over transgender policy

Feb. 18, 2020 1:29 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of parents filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the Madison school district's transgender policy is unconstitutional because it prohibits teachers and staff from informing parents that their children want to switch sexes. Conservative law firm Wisconsin Institute for Law and...

High school track athletes Alanna Smith, left, Selina Soule, center and and Chelsea Mitchell prepare to speak at a news conference outside the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Conn. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. The three girls have filed a federal lawsuit to block a state policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Transgender athletes seek to become defendants in lawsuit

Feb. 18, 2020 12:20 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two transgender high school runners want to become defendants in a federal lawsuit that seeks to block them from participating in girls sports in Connecticut. Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood would be stripped of the right to run track this spring if a judge rules against a state...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 photo, India Meissel, a history teacher and past president of the National Council on Social Studies, gestures during her class at Lakewood High School in Suffolk, Va. Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia is defending a recent partnership with the nonprofit educational group Izzit.org, in producing a video presentation from a conservative federal judge on the Constitution. Izzit.org is facing criticism that its materials are ideologically skewed. Meissel said some teachers might use Izzit material and see a need to balance it out with a different perspective. “A good teacher presents both sides,” she said. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Videos used by schools question minimum wage, climate change

Feb. 18, 2020 12:19 PM EST

The federal judge's message to an assembly of social studies students at a Virginia high school seemed straightforward: Courts too often meddle in the affairs of private commerce. The senior appellate judge, Douglas Ginsburg, was talking about the Constitution, telling students how the courts got it wrong by...

Vegas school probed for racial 'Duck, Duck, Goose' game

Feb. 18, 2020 12:12 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — School district officials in Las Vegas are investigating allegations that a class was playing a game of “Duck, Duck, Goose” that invoked slavery. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday that the principal at Rowe Elementary School issued a message to parents about the...

Recent Kansas editorials

Feb. 18, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Kansas City Star, Feb. 16 What if your loved one’s final resting place wasn’t as restful as promised? What if a bulldozer nearby gave way to new building construction? That could be the case for families all across Kansas if a bill before the Legislature uproots decades, indeed centuries, of...

Poetry Out Loud semi-finals to start soon

Feb. 18, 2020 6:00 AM EST

Students from 40 New Hampshire high schools and school groups will convene to compete in the semi-final round of this year's Poetry Out Loud contest. Now in its 15th year, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that uses the study of great poetry to help students master public speaking skills,...

FILE - In a Thursday, July 17, 2014 file photo, Superintendent of Education John White speaks after his meeting with Gov. Bobby Jindal about public school testing, in Baton Rouge, La. White, who helped strengthen the role of charter schools, backed a taxpayer-funded tuition voucher program for private schools and oversaw overhauls of the state’s school accountability efforts, announced Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 that he is stepping down as Louisiana's education superintendent. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Feb. 28 deadline for Louisiana superintendent applications

Feb. 17, 2020 4:49 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top public school board has set a Feb. 28 deadline for anyone who wants to apply to be the state's next superintendent of education. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education published an information packet online for interested applicants and hired a firm,...

Referendum aims to restore vaccine opt-outs in Maine

Feb. 17, 2020 3:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Debate over a referendum aimed at nullifying a Maine law that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for childhood vaccinations is intensifying during the countdown to a statewide vote. A group that supports the elimination of most opt-outs launched a television ad...

Board president of scrutinized Delaware school resigns

Feb. 17, 2020 2:54 PM EST

The president of the board of a Delaware charter school that is under scrutiny by state education regulators has resigned, saying he failed to address adequately problems about board diversity. Josiah Wolcott, board president at Odyssey Charter School, announced his resignation at an emergency board meeting on...