Primary and secondary education

November 21, 2017 - 5:39 am
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials are trying to determine why more than 100 students at a primary school were sickened last week. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that state Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Tim Kelly said Monday that Westview...
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In this Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, photo Massachusetts Institute of Technology archivist Nora Murphy places a second edition of the Eliot Indian Bible on a table at the MIT rare book collection, in Cambridge, Mass. The second edition of the Eliot Indian Bible, translated into Wampanoag, is dated 1685. Experts have relied on extensive written records in Wampanoag to reclaim the language, including 17th century phonetic translations of the King James Bible. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
November 21, 2017 - 1:19 am
MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts tribe whose ancestors shared a Thanksgiving meal with the Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago is reclaiming its long-lost language, one schoolchild at a time. "Weesowee mahkusunash," says teacher Siobhan Brown, using the Wampanoag phrase for "yellow shoes" as she...
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In this Nov. 16, 2017, photo, students take a quiz in Michael Briggs' seventh grade algebra class at Lake Mead Christian Academy in Henderson, Nev. Standardized tests are a given in public schools, and they're mandatory for Nevada private schools participating in the state's budding school-choice program. Schools in Nevada's voucher-like program for low-income families are required to begin submitting test results next year and Nevada is trying figuring out what to do with that information. (AP Photo/John Locher)
November 20, 2017 - 3:12 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Standardized tests are a given in public school, and they're mandatory for Nevada private schools participating in the state's budding school-choice program. "We're not one of those schools that find testing expectations to be onerous or unacceptable," said Sue Blakeley, founder of...
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In this Nov. 16, 2017, photo, students take a quiz in Michael Briggs' seventh grade algebra class at Lake Mead Christian Academy in Henderson, Nev. Standardized tests are a given in public schools, and they're mandatory for Nevada private schools participating in the state's budding school-choice program. Schools in Nevada's voucher-like program for low-income families are required to begin submitting test results next year and Nevada is trying figuring out what to do with that information. (AP Photo/John Locher)
November 19, 2017 - 8:40 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Standardized tests are a given in public school, and they're mandatory for Nevada private schools participating in the state's budding school-choice program. "We're not one of those schools that find testing expectations to be onerous or unacceptable," said Sue Blakeley, founder of...
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Elliot Yoder, 16, a transgender student at Dallas High School in Dallas, Ore., speaks at a news conference held by ACLU Oregon and Basic Rights in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, to protest a federal lawsuit filed against the Dallas School District over its policy on the treatment of transgender students. The district began allowing Yoder to use the boys' locker room and boys' restrooms after he publicly identified as transgender. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
November 16, 2017 - 7:44 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Parents at a rural Oregon high school have filed a federal lawsuit over the school district's policy to allow a transgender male student to use the boys' locker room and bathroom, mirroring a similar civil action in Illinois that did not survive a legal challenge. The lawsuit...
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Isaac Gbalea holds a therapy pig, Frankie, at Franklin Elementary on Nov. 15, 2017 in Muscatine, Iowa. The elementary school in eastern Iowa is using a therapy pig to help special education students manage emotions and focus on learning. The Muscatine Journal reports that Frankie the pig serves as a calming mechanism. (Zachary Oren Smith/Muscatine Journal via AP)
November 16, 2017 - 2:30 pm
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — An elementary school in eastern Iowa is using a therapy pig to help special education students manage emotions and focus on learning. The Muscatine Journal reports that Frankie the pig serves as a calming mechanism. Students showing signs of emotional distress are asked to...
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November 16, 2017 - 11:15 am
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut middle school teacher's plan to have a Muslim woman talk to students about her religion has been canceled because the teacher felt threatened by the resulting furor. Bristol schools Superintendent Susan Moreau tells the Hartford Courant the Bristol Northeast...
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Samuel Sandler, grandfather of Arie and Gabriel Sandler who were gunned down by Mohamed Merah, gives a speech in Paris middle-school, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. A Paris middle-school classroom is getting a poignant honor: It's being named after two Jewish boys gunned down by an Islamic extremist in Toulouse in 2012. The naming is part of a broader effort to teach tolerance and fight encroaching racism and anti-Semitism through education. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
November 15, 2017 - 5:34 pm
PARIS (AP) — A conference room at a Paris middle school has been named in honor of two Jewish boys who were shot to death by an Islamic extremist in southern France more than five years ago. The dedication of the room in memory of Arie and Gabriel Sandler is part of an effort by the Georges...
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November 15, 2017 - 11:03 am
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit against a West Virginia public school system over its 75-year practice of putting children in Bible classes. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports the court's ruling Tuesday was based on Mercer County's decision in May to suspend its...
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In this photo taken on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, actors Owen Wilson, left and Julia Roberts pose for a portrait photograph while promoting the film "Wonder" in London. "Wonder" could have been designed as an antidote to the headlines. It's a thoroughly positive movie about the importance of kindness. Based on R.J. Palacio's best-selling kids' novel, the movie follows Auggie Pullman, a boy with a craniofacial deformity, as he takes his first anxious steps into an intimidating world. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
November 15, 2017 - 5:59 am
LONDON (AP) — "Wonder" could have been designed as an antidote to the headlines. It's a thoroughly positive movie about the importance of kindness. Based on R.J. Palacio's best-selling children's novel, the movie follows Auggie Pullman, a boy with a craniofacial deformity, as he takes his first...
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