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All-charter school district experiment still faces questions

Aug. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two decades ago, a group of frustrated New Orleans educators proposed a radical idea: start an open-enrollment charter school that would educate kids better by freeing the school from the bureaucracy of a poorly performing district. The response was overwhelming. In its first year, about...

Judge blocks request for Kentucky PTA financial records

Aug. 16, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge has sided with Kentucky PTA and moved to block an activist from seeing how a county's parent teacher associations are spending their money — at least temporarily. The Courier Journal reports Judge Charles Cunningham said Thursday that he's requesting Attorney General...

The Latest: Trump defends Israel move to bar 2 congresswomen

Aug. 15, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel's decision to bar two U.S. Democratic congresswomen from visiting (all times local): 12:45 a.m. President Donald Trump is defending Israel's decision to bar two Democratic members of Congress from visiting the country, even as he claims he didn't "encourage or...

The Latest: Progressive group backs candidate in Senate race

Aug. 13, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the race for an open U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico (all times local): 11:30 a.m. An advocacy group for progressive policies and candidates known as the Working Families Party is endorsing New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver in the Democratic primary...

Advocacy groups holding sanctuary city rally in New Haven

Aug. 12, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Immigration advocacy groups are planning a rally with members of the New Haven Board of Alders in hopes of passing a new ordinance to make New Haven a sanctuary city. Unidad Latina en Accion, New Haven Rising and others will hold the event outside City Hall on Wednesday. They hope...

2 education groups urge caution on New Mexico tests revamp

Aug. 12, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two education advocacy groups are urging caution as state officials work to revamp a student assessment test and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's office angrily denies officials are trying to make the test easier to raise scores. NewMexicoKidsCAN and Teach Plus said last...

Agreement stops cyanide trap use on Wyoming public land

Aug. 12, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials have agreed to stop using a certain cyanide trap to help control predators on 10 million acres (4 million hectares) of public lands in Wyoming. In a court-approved agreement resulting from a lawsuit brought by wildlife advocacy groups, the U.S. Agriculture...

Groups advise tenants of closing apartments to get legal aid

Aug. 10, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Legal advocacy groups are advising residents of a North Carolina apartment complex that's closing to seek service before signing any documents. The North Carolina Justice Center and Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy say residents of Lake Arbor Apartments who have been told to move...

Voter groups warn Iowa about errant felon database

Aug. 8, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two voter advocacy groups have told Iowa's secretary of state that the state must stop rejecting ballots from people misidentified on state lists as felons, saying that the practice violates election laws. The Brennan Center for Justice and the League of Women Voters of Iowa told...

ACLU sues over Trump's fast-tracked deportations policy

Aug. 6, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the Trump administration's broad expansion of deportation powers, alleging in a federal lawsuit Tuesday that it violates constitutional rights and could lead to errors, including deporting U.S. citizens. The lawsuit called the extension of the...