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2022-05-19 20:39:08
by Dan McCue
Kansas State Team Wins Collegiate Wind Competition

WASHINGTON — A team of Kansas State University students have won the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2022 Collegiate Wind Competition.... Read More

WASHINGTON — A team of Kansas State University students have won the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2022 Collegiate Wind Competition. Over the course of the past school year, teams from 12 colleges and universities, as well as four “learn-along” teams... Read More

2022-05-19 19:55:14
by Tom Ramstack
Congressmen Criticize State Laws Censoring Education on Controversial Issues

WASHINGTON — Teachers and students warned a congressional panel Thursday that recent state laws clamping down on politically volatile instruction... Read More

WASHINGTON — Teachers and students warned a congressional panel Thursday that recent state laws clamping down on politically volatile instruction in schools are likely to backfire by breeding intolerance. Seventeen states passed laws in the past two years intended to... Read More

2022-05-13 21:04:20
by Madeline Hughes
More School Buses Could Get Wi-Fi

WASHINGTON — Adding Wi-Fi to school buses could be easier for school districts because of a proposed rule change by... Read More

WASHINGTON — Adding Wi-Fi to school buses could be easier for school districts because of a proposed rule change by the Federal Communications Commission. The new rule, if adopted, would allow districts to apply for funding to connect school buses... Read More

2022-05-09 20:13:20
by Dan McCue
Illinois Utility Invites Young Women to Participate in EV Rally

CHICAGO — Commonwealth Edison Company, the electric service provider to more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, is holding... Read More

CHICAGO — Commonwealth Edison Company, the electric service provider to more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, is holding an “EV rally” this summer to encourage young women to choose future careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The... Read More

2022-05-05 20:55:56
by Tom Ramstack
High Student Debt Raises Calls for Forgiveness Program

WASHINGTON — Financial experts told shocking stories Thursday at a Senate hearing of former college students trying to decide between... Read More

WASHINGTON — Financial experts told shocking stories Thursday at a Senate hearing of former college students trying to decide between basic necessities or paying their student debt. In some cases, the experts said the debt interfered with owning their homes,... Read More

2022-04-28 00:22:59
by Dan McCue
Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Could Make for Long Hot Summer

WASHINGTON — A trial balloon floated by the president during a wide-ranging meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus... Read More

WASHINGTON — A trial balloon floated by the president during a wide-ranging meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus could become the latest point of contention between the White House and Republicans on Capitol Hill. During a Monday meeting... Read More

2022-04-26 19:32:51
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Sides With High School Accused of Excluding Asian Americans

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to overturn an elite Virginia high school's policies intended to make the... Read More

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to overturn an elite Virginia high school's policies intended to make the student population more demographically diverse in the latest uproar over school admission rules. The parents of applicants to Thomas Jefferson... Read More

2022-04-26 15:53:39
by Dan McCue
Supporters of California Arts Education Ballot Initiative Submit 1M Signatures

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Supporters of a measure that would invest between $800 million and $1 billion to expand arts and... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Supporters of a measure that would invest between $800 million and $1 billion to expand arts and music education in California schools have submitted 1 million signatures to qualify the effort for the November ballot. The success... Read More

2022-04-20 23:12:42
by Madeline Hughes
Utilizing HBCUs, Black Churches to Bridge Digital Divide

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Implementation of internet and cell phone service was never equitable across the country. Much of the divide... Read More

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Implementation of internet and cell phone service was never equitable across the country. Much of the divide is rural versus urban, with population masses driving disparities. Race also plays a significant factor in the likelihood someone has... Read More

2022-04-19 21:32:06
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Announces $37M for Schools, Libraries

WASHINGTON — Schools and libraries are getting $37 million more from the Federal Communications Commission because of Emergency Connectivity Fund... Read More

WASHINGTON — Schools and libraries are getting $37 million more from the Federal Communications Commission because of Emergency Connectivity Fund support. “This program has opened doors for thousands of students who lacked connectivity to get the tools they need to... Read More

2022-04-19 20:30:09
by Dan McCue
Ed Department to Fix Student Loan Program ‘Failures’

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Education Department on Tuesday began taking steps it says will bring thousands of borrowers closer to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Education Department on Tuesday began taking steps it says will bring thousands of borrowers closer to forgiveness of their debts while making additional changes that will result in the immediate debt cancellation for at least 40,000... Read More

2022-04-14 18:00:59
by Tom Ramstack
Media Outlets Sue Virginia’s Governor for Records of His Education Tip Line

RICHMOND, Va. — A group of media outlets sued Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Wednesday over his refusal to turn... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. — A group of media outlets sued Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Wednesday over his refusal to turn over information about his administration's email tip line for reporting "divisive" information taught in schools. The media organizations filed Freedom... Read More

2022-03-31 16:19:37
by Reece Nations
Merkley, Hassan Propose New Student Loan Repayment Plans

WASHINGTON — Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., on Wednesday unveiled legislation that introduces new income-based repayment plans... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., on Wednesday unveiled legislation that introduces new income-based repayment plans for all federal student loan borrowers. The bill, entitled the Affordable Loans for Any Student Act of 2022, presents new... Read More

2022-03-25 21:06:11
by Tom Ramstack
Judge Says Schools Can Require Masks Despite Different Virginia Law

LYNCHBURG, Va. — A federal judge’s ruling this week modifies a Virginia law abolishing mask mandates in public schools. U.S.... Read More

LYNCHBURG, Va. — A federal judge’s ruling this week modifies a Virginia law abolishing mask mandates in public schools. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon ruled that schools with 12 students who have health conditions that make them vulnerable to COVID-19... Read More

2022-03-22 22:47:44
by Reece Nations
School Nutrition Advocates Urge Congress to Extend Pandemic Meal Waivers

ARLINGTON, Va. — School food directors and nutrition advocates are warning that without an extension to pandemic child nutrition waivers,... Read More

ARLINGTON, Va. — School food directors and nutrition advocates are warning that without an extension to pandemic child nutrition waivers, schools across the country will be forced to cancel or scale back meal services for local families. The waivers, which... Read More

2022-03-11 17:09:59
by Reece Nations
American Federation of Teachers Pension Trustees Consider Russian Asset Divestment

WASHINGTON — The American Federation of Teachers is urging its pension trustees to immediately review investments with ties to Russia... Read More

WASHINGTON — The American Federation of Teachers is urging its pension trustees to immediately review investments with ties to Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The AFT, founded in 1916, is an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor... Read More

2022-03-09 18:21:10
by Reece Nations
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Orders Teacher Shortage Task Force

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is directing the state education agency to create a task force to help... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is directing the state education agency to create a task force to help school districts address longstanding staffing shortages. Abbott’s letter, addressed to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, compels the agency to... Read More

2022-02-28 19:54:21
by Reece Nations
In Texas, Plan to End Tenure for CRT Professors Draws Ire

PASADENA, Texas — Days after the University of Texas at Austin’s Faculty Council approved a resolution reaffirming instructors’ rights to... Read More

PASADENA, Texas — Days after the University of Texas at Austin’s Faculty Council approved a resolution reaffirming instructors’ rights to teach critical race theory, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick rebuked the move during a press call with reporters. Patrick, who presides... Read More

2022-02-07 21:17:35
by Reece Nations
Free Community College Out of Build Back Better Legislation 

WASHINGTON — First Lady Jill Biden announced on Monday that plans for two years of tuition-free community college are no... Read More

WASHINGTON — First Lady Jill Biden announced on Monday that plans for two years of tuition-free community college are no longer part of Democrats' social spending package. Although she was disappointed that the community college provisions had to be cut... Read More

2022-02-04 21:47:22
by Dan McCue
Judge Puts Virginia Ban on School Face Mask Mandates on Hold

ARLINGTON, Va. — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin cannot enforce a ban on face mask mandates in the state’s schools until... Read More

ARLINGTON, Va. — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin cannot enforce a ban on face mask mandates in the state’s schools until the outcome of several pending cases on the issue are resolved, a state circuit court judge ruled Friday. Judge Louise... Read More

2022-01-31 18:50:12
by Reece Nations
Texas Professional Educators Rebuke Abbott’s Bill of Rights Proposal

AUSTIN, Texas — Professional educators in Texas were blindsided by Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal for a Parental Bill of Rights,... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Professional educators in Texas were blindsided by Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal for a Parental Bill of Rights, which intends to amend the state constitution to grant parents enhanced authority over their children’s education. Abbott introduced his proposal... Read More

Book About Holocaust Banned in Tennessee School District

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the... Read More

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to “inappropriate language" and an illustration of a nude woman, according to minutes from a board meeting. The... Read More

2022-01-26 00:15:36
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case Challenges College Admissions Policies

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear an affirmative action case that threatens to invalidate college admissions policies... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear an affirmative action case that threatens to invalidate college admissions policies intended to level the playing field for disadvantaged minorities. A group of Asian students say they were passed over by... Read More

2022-01-21 21:08:19
by Tom Ramstack
Virginia Attorney General Sues Over School Mask Mandates

WASHINGTON — Virginia’s new attorney general continued a hard turn to the right Thursday when he filed documents in the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Virginia’s new attorney general continued a hard turn to the right Thursday when he filed documents in the state Supreme Court asking for a dismissal of a lawsuit against Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s order overturning mask mandates. Youngkin’s executive... Read More

A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles

When April Schneider's children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more... Read More

When April Schneider's children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more than a year of remote learning. No more problems with borrowed tablets. No more days of missed lessons because her... Read More

2022-01-06 00:14:47
by Reece Nations
School Year Delays, Virtual Learning Instituted Amid COVID-19 Spike

SAN ANTONIO — COVID-19 infection rates continue to complicate the school year as some districts have either delayed their start... Read More

SAN ANTONIO — COVID-19 infection rates continue to complicate the school year as some districts have either delayed their start dates or shifted to virtual learning in response to the growing spike in cases. As many schools nationwide have either... Read More

2022-01-05 18:51:08
by Alexa Hornbeck
School District Works to Implement Test-to-Stay Practice

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Members of the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas implemented changes to their test-to-stay practice this week,... Read More

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Members of the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas implemented changes to their test-to-stay practice this week, based on new guidance supported by the Biden administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on using the method... Read More

2021-12-29 20:55:21
by Dan McCue
Proof of Negative COVID Test a Back-to-School Essential in DC

WASHINGTON — All students and staff planning to return to the District of Columbia’s public schools after their holiday break... Read More

WASHINGTON — All students and staff planning to return to the District of Columbia’s public schools after their holiday break must first provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, Mayor Muriel Bowser and schools chancellor Lewis Ferebee announced Wednesday. School... Read More

2021-12-22 19:36:07
by Dan McCue
White House Extends Student Loan Repayment Freeze

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday extended a freeze on student loan repayments to May 1. Borrowers’ payments were... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday extended a freeze on student loan repayments to May 1. Borrowers’ payments were to resume in February. The so-called administrative forbearance was initially put in place as part of the CARES Act in... Read More

2021-12-15 15:17:27
by Kate Michael
Scholars Say COVID Represents ‘Teachable Moment’ for Girls’ Education in Crisis

WASHINGTON — With the pandemic just one crisis affecting girls’ education globally, the Brookings Institution gathered a group of young... Read More

WASHINGTON — With the pandemic just one crisis affecting girls’ education globally, the Brookings Institution gathered a group of young scholars from around the world for a symposium to consider new ways to protect and promote the rights of women,... Read More

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