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(27-04-2011)
  • Kansas Senate may vote to condemn Obama transgender decree
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate is considering a resolution condemning a recent Obama administration decree that public schools allow transgender students to use the restrooms that match their gender identity, not their sex at birth.More

  • Illinois legislative session ends without a budget, again

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, surrounded by fellow Republican lawmakers, speaks to reporters outside his office at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois appears poised to enter a second year without a budget after lawmakers finished their legislative session without agreement on a spending plan, setting up a November electoral showdown while public schools and social service providers brace for an uncertain future.


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  • Oregon students get bottled water; lead found at 2 schools
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A third-party, independent investigation will be conducted after high amounts of lead were found in water sources at two schools, which led the district to close all water fountains, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith said Tuesday.More

  • Alaska Legislature passes compromise state operating budget

    Alaska Legislature passes compromise state operating budgetThe Alaska Legislature on Tuesday passed a compromise state operating budget that restored funding for public schools, reduced a proposed cut to the university system and aimed to prevent layoff warnings ...


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  • 2 teen students charged in fatal shooting of classmate
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Two Northern California high school students have been charged as adults with murder for the shooting death of a classmate.More

  • Teen charged after crash injuries 7 in New Castle

    Teen charged after crash injures 7 in New CastleA teenage driver has been charged following a crash on Tuesday morning that left six people injured, including a number of high school students.


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  • Paying More for College? Blame Government Cuts

    Paying More for College? Blame Government CutsAmid mounting complaints from parents and students about rising college tuition, staggering student debt and declining quality of education, a new study blames much of the problem on the sharp reduction in state government support for higher education since the 2008 financial crisis and recession. Nearly eight years of cuts in state funding for public colleges and universities “have driven up tuition and harmed students’ educational experiences by forcing faculty reductions, fewer course offers, and campus closings,” according to a report by the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. State funding for public two- and four-year colleges and universities is now $8.7 billion below pre-recession levels, after adjusting for inflation, according to the new analysis.


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  • Illinois Democrats poised to defy governor's budget veto threat

    Republican Governor Bruce Rauner Bruce Rauner campaigns in Arlington HeightsBy Dave McKinney SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Reuters) - Illinois’ long-running budget stalemate was set to spill into the summer on Monday, as Democratic lawmakers worked to pass a 2017 spending plan that Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has threatened to veto, possibly jeopardizing public schools re-opening in August. As a midnight Tuesday deadline to pass legislation approaches, Rauner and his Democratic rivals who control the state legislature reported no headway toward ending the 11-month long dispute that has left Illinois as the only state without a full operating budget for the current fiscal year. In recent weeks, legislative working groups convened by Rauner have tried to bridge differences between the governor and top Democrats.


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  • High School Educators See Fun, Risks in Senior Pranks
    Senior pranks, which are generally stunts pulled by seniors designed to amuse the school community, and often not school-sanctioned, have been going on for generations. For example, nearly half of the senior class at an Arkansas high school wasn't allowed to attend graduation this month -- and are even facing criminal charges -- because of a prank that involved vandalism, according to a recent news report. At one Texas high school, for instance, seniors filled the school with thousands of balloons, which the principal seemed to enjoy, a local news publication reported this month.More

  • 5 Steps for Veterans to Choose an Online Bachelor's Program
    When it comes to choosing an online bachelor's program, veterans should -- just like any other prospective student -- look for qualities such as flexibility and student-faculty interaction, experts say. Before anything else, veterans should determine whether online learning is right for them, says Matthew Miller, a military admissions counselor at Pennsylvania State University--World Campus. By doing research online and speaking with online students and program staff, veterans can gather information to find the best fit, says Amy Riley, a student success counselor at Oregon State University Ecampus, the university's online arm.More

  • Trans teen in Chicago: from surviving to thriving

    Arthur Brown, who is transgender -- born female but now identifying as male, reads a comic book at his house in Chicago, Illinois on on May 17, 2016Sixteen-year-old Arthur Brown is finishing his second year in high school in a suburb of Chicago. For transgender people, hodgepodge solutions to the lack of full access to public facilities are now giving way to discussions about basic rights. In many US public schools, those discussions -- and attempts to accommodate trans youth -- pre-date the controversies making headlines in North Carolina and elsewhere.


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  • Data show more students leaving public schools for charters
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Urban school districts from Los Angeles to Philadelphia are experiencing declining enrollment in traditional public schools as more parents enroll their children in charters, depleting millions in per-pupil funding from district budgets.More

  • Oregon schools shut off water fountains after lead found
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Public Schools has shut down drinking fountains at all of its schools and will use bottled water for the remaining school year after tests at two schools found high levels of lead in water from sinks and fountains.More

  • Portland schools failed protocols over high lead levels in water
    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Portland Public Schools failed to follow federal protocols and did not notify parents after high levels of lead were detected at two of its schools two months ago, the district said on Friday. Levels of lead, a toxic substance that can damage the nervous system, exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maximum were found in 14 fountains and sinks at Creston and Rose City Park in March, according to a statement released by the district on Friday. In an email to parents and staff on Friday, the Portland Public Schools said that it failed to follow EPA protocols when it kept the fountains and sinks supplied with water while it worked to replace and retest many of the fixtures.More

  • Malaysia accepts 68 Syrian refugees

    Syrian migrants arrive at Subang Air Force base in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur on May 28, 2016Malaysia on Saturday received 68 Syrian refugees including 31 children out of a total of 3,000 it hopes to allow into the predominantly Muslim country with hundreds more expected soon. Last December, the Southeast Asian country accepted the first batch of 11 Syrian migrants who had relatives in Malaysia. Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi said the Syrian migrants, who flew into Malaysia via Lebanon, will be allowed to work while the children will be able to attend public schools.


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  • Court ruling raises possibility Kansas schools can't open

    FILE - In this May 10, 2016 file photo, Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert, center, asks a question to the state as they make their arguments in front of the Kansas Supreme Court, in Topeka, Kan. The judges are threatening again to close the state's public schools and has rejected some education funding changes enacted by legislators earlier this year. The court ruled Friday, May 27, 2016, on a law that revised parts of the state's funding formula but resulted in no change in total funds for most of the state's 286 school districts (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP File) MANDATORY CREDITTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas faces a threat that its public schools won't open for the next school year after the state Supreme Court rejected some education funding changes made by the Republican-dominated Legislature.


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  • Top Kansas court: State not properly funding poor schools

    FILE - In this May 10, 2016 file photo, Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert, center, asks a question to the state as they make their arguments in front of the Kansas Supreme Court, in Topeka, Kan. The judges are threatening again to close the state's public schools and has rejected some education funding changes enacted by legislators earlier this year. The court ruled Friday, May 27, 2016, on a law that revised parts of the state's funding formula but resulted in no change in total funds for most of the state's 286 school districts (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP File) MANDATORY CREDITTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday rejected some education funding changes enacted by the Legislature earlier this year and threatened to prevent the state's public schools from reopening for the new academic year if lawmakers don't act by June 30.


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  • Kansas Supreme Court rejects some education funding changes, renews threat to close state's public schools
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Supreme Court rejects some education funding changes, renews threat to close state's public schools.More

  • Illinois lawmakers focus on funding fix for Chicago schools
    A funding fix for the fiscally challenged Chicago Public Schools is taking center stage in the final days of the Illinois legislature's spring session, with the Democratic-led Senate passing two bills on Friday. The nation's third-largest public school system has relied on borrowing and bank lines of credit to limp through the current school year and is facing a $1 billion fiscal 2017 budget deficit largely due to escalating pension payments. With CPS officials demanding an end to the state's insufficient and "discriminatory" funding formula, the legislature, which ends its spring session on Tuesday, has been hit with a flurry of plans.More

  • A state-by-state look at proposals dealing with LGBT rights
    Legislation has been proposed in states across the country addressing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, including some proposals that critics say would legalize discrimination. Many of the proposals would protect clergy, businesses and those who decline to employ or serve people based on religious beliefs. Eleven states — Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia and Texas — announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. Here's a look at legislation around the country:More