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Utah Charter School Board seeks more power to stop closures

Nov. 15, 2019 11:54 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The board that oversees Utah charter schools has asked state lawmakers to give them more authority, saying they do not have the power to intervene before a school fails. The Utah State Charter School Board made the request after one charter school closed earlier this year and another...

4 juveniles charged after planning to bring knives to school

Nov. 15, 2019 11:47 AM EST

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Four Connecticut high school students are facing breach of peace charges after allegedly planning to bring knives to school. Police say the male students from Fitch High School in Groton planned to bring the knives to school on Friday. Authorities received complaints from students and...

Ohio House OKs bill expanding religious freedom in schools

Nov. 15, 2019 11:30 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-dominated Ohio House has approved a bill expanding religious freedom in public schools and allow students to engage in religious expression in their school assignments. The measure was sent to the Senate Wednesday after a 61-31 vote. The bill would remove a current...

School district offer birth control in high schools

Nov. 15, 2019 10:03 AM EST

LYNN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts school district has voted to provide free birth control products and emergency contraception to students who ask to battle a high teen pregnancy rate and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The Lynn School Committee voted unanimously on the proposal on Thursday...

School board votes to make good on scholarship mix-up

Nov. 15, 2019 4:29 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school system plans to make good on a mistaken pledge to give five high school students annual scholarships of $2,000 each. Five seniors from the class of 2019 were nominated by their Norfolk schools for a statewide award that recognizes academically successful students who...

‘Community heroes’ may get housing help in N Carolina county

Nov. 15, 2019 3:30 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police officers, first responders and public school teachers will soon be eligible for home buying assistance in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports the city of Charlotte has received a $500,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta to create...

Little Rock teachers strike over state’s control of district

Nov. 14, 2019 11:27 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Teachers picketed outside the site of a historic desegregation and dozens of other Little Rock schools Thursday, walking out for the first time in more than three decades to protest the state’s control of the local school system and their loss of collective bargaining...

Former middle school principal sentenced in sex assault case

Nov. 14, 2019 5:16 PM EST

KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — A former middle school principal in northern Michigan has been sentenced for inappropriately touching students. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that a judge on Thursday ordered 55-year-old Karl Hartman to spend 3 to 5 years in prison. Hartman pleaded guilty last month to three...

Colorado school closes after hundreds report sick

Nov. 14, 2019 4:44 PM EST

PALISADE, Colo. (AP) — A western Colorado high school is closed after 300 students and staff came down with an unknown illness. Colorado Public Radio reports that Palisade High School closed early Thursday. Health officials are investigating and crews are cleaning the campus. Officials hope to reopen the...

Pepper spray at middle school sends students to the hospital

Nov. 14, 2019 2:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Twelve students and a staff member at a Boston middle school were taken to the hospital after pepper spray was released in the cafeteria. Boston Public Schools say firefighters responded to the Washington Irving Middle School in the city’s Roslindale neighborhood at about 11 a.m....