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Courtney Normand, director of the Planned Parenthood-affiliated political group Safe & Healthy Youth Washington that is supporting a sex education requirement for public schools, poses for a photo Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Arlington, Wash. Democrats in the famously liberal state say they want to protect young people from sexual abuse, diseases and infections. But the increasingly outnumbered and aggrieved Republicans have taken issue with the content of the standards as they rally for local control. The resulting referendum on the November ballot marks the first time in the country that such a decision on sex ed will be decided by voters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Sex ed mandate sparks bitter Washington state ballot fight

Sep. 28, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Democrats in the Washington state Legislature thought they had passed a routine sex education requirement for public schools earlier this year. But a coalition of Republicans and religious conservatives launched a swift, historic backlash that's led to a bitter partisan fight and an effort...

Court: Private locker room violated transgender boy's rights

Sep. 28, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that schools must allow students to use locker rooms that are consistent with their gender identity, saying a suburban school district violated the rights of a transgender student by keeping him from using the boys' main locker room. The...

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during a news conference at the White House, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

US to ship millions of tests in push to reopen K-12 schools

Sep. 28, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump planned to announce Monday that the federal government will begin distributing millions of rapid coronavirus tests to states this week and urging governors to use them to reopen schools for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The move to vastly expand U.S....

Schoolchildren wait to enter their school in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday Sept, 28, 2020. Zimbabwe schools have reopened in phases, but with smaller number of pupils, more teachers and other related measures to enable children to resume their education without the risk of a spike in COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe begins gradual reopening of schools amid virus

Sep. 28, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s schools Monday reopened for pupils in two grades as part of a gradual process that will see all pupils return to class by early November. But many teachers did not report for work, as their union demanded that the government should first pay them a COVID-19...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, pre-school teacher Mikki Laugier wears a protective mask as she guides students in a lesson at P.S. 15, in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Placing an order while wearing a mask and standing six feet away from the deli counter can be difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. Try teaching a class full of students who are deaf, hard of hearing or whose first language is not English. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The eyes don't have it: Masks upset classroom communication

Sep. 27, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

Placing an order at a deli counter while wearing a mask and standing 6 feet away can be difficult. Try teaching a class full of schoolchildren and connecting with students who are themselves wearing masks. Teachers who in ordinary times rely on their voices to convey nuances of language and manage classroom...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon in Los Angeles. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state's top health official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health secretary, said nail salons could also reopen with restrictions, though he cautioned that California's reopening must remain

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

Sep. 25, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline. The state health secretary said Friday that there have been increases in the number of newly confirmed cases, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for...

Minnesota halts COVID-19 study after reports of intimidation

Sep. 25, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials have stopped a COVID-19 testing study after multiple reports that state and federal public health workers were greeted by racial and ethnic slurs as they went door-to-door. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pulled federal surveyors out of Minnesota...

Flower vendors wait for buyers at a wholesale market in Bengaluru, India, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the COVID-19 pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: $14M more in virus funds for 3 Ariz universities

Sep. 24, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona will provide the state’s three public universities with $14 million in additional funding to boost their efforts to test, track and respond to the coronavirus. Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday the money will help the universities build on their current efforts to track and contain...

Dozens of Iowa students quarantine as virus cases rise

Sep. 24, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

Dozens of students in Iowa schools were quarantined after both staff and students tested positive for the coronavirus, while a high school switched to online classes after some students were absent as cases surged Thursday by more than 1,300 across the state in the last 24 hours. An Iowa elementary school...

Claire Reagan plays with her son Evan, 5, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, outside her home in Olathe, Kan. Reagan is keeping her son from starting kindergarten and her daughter Abbie, 3, from preschool due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

US parents delaying preschool and kindergarten amid pandemic

Sep. 24, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Claire Reagan was feeling overwhelmed as her oldest child's first day of kindergarten approached and with a baby on the way. The 5-year-old boy has autism, and she worried he would struggle with juggling in-person and virtual learning, and that she wouldn't have enough time to give him...