Rights of learning-disabled students bolstered by high court

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A unanimous Supreme Court has bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The court struck down a lower standard endorsed by President Donald Trump's nominee to the high court. Chief Justice John Roberts said that it is not enough for school districts to get by with minimal instruction for special needs children.

Parents empowered by Supreme Court ruling in special ed case

Parents of learning disabled students say a unanimous Supreme Court ruling will make it easier for them to insist on appropriate services for their children, and harder for the schools to say no. The court on Wednesday said that it is not enough for school districts to get by with minimal instruction for special needs children.

Indiana lawmakers scrap plan to set aside school prayer time

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana senators scrapped a proposal Wednesday that would've mandated time for public prayer during assemblies, sports competitions and other school events, amid questions about how such a policy would affect non-Christian students. The Senate Education and Career Development Committee voted unanimously to strip the provision from a bill that had already passed the House by an 83-12 vote.

What led to the Supreme Court's student disabilities ruling?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students, requiring public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. Here is a look at the main issues and challenges surrounding the case: IDEA The court ruling centers around the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a landmark piece of legislation initially passed by Congress in 1975.

Survey finds exchange students think US high schools easier

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Easier classes, less homework and lots of sports -- this is how American high schools are viewed by students from other countries studying in the U.S. Despite a push in recent years to make the U.S. education system more competitive and effective, foreign exchange students continue to view American high school experience as much less stimulating, according to a study published Wednesday.

Charlotte schools switch book for elementary students

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- School officials in Charlotte have dropped plans to have some elementary school students read a book about a boy who likes to dress like a girl. Former state lawmaker Charles Jeter, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' government liaison, sent a message to Republican lawmakers in Raleigh telling them the district would drop plans to have students read "Jacob's New Dress.

High Court bolsters rights of learning-disabled students

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The court struck down a lower standard endorsed by President Donald Trump's nominee to the high court. Chief Justice John Roberts said that it is not enough for school districts to get by with minimal instruction for special needs children.

The next Messi may be training at this youth soccer academy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Benjamin Palandella dribbles around a bigger boy who comes charging at him and shoots to the goal with shocking force for a 7-year-old player. Nearby, children jump to head a ball tethered on a rope, tip-toe over hoops and dribble around orange cones. The kids training in this concrete court in a Buenos Aires working class neighborhood play for Club Social Parque.

Survey: US high schools seen as easier by exchange students

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Easier classes, less homework and lots of sports -- this is how American high schools are viewed by students from other countries studying in the U.S. Despite a push in recent years to make the U.S. education system more competitive and effective, foreign exchange students continue to view American high school experience as much less stimulating, according to a study published Wednesday.

More standardized final exams would go away in NC House bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Some North Carolina legislators are advancing a bill that would eliminate more standardized exams for public school students, many of them in high school. A House education committee voted Tuesday to get rid of state-created final exams for a host of subjects, leaving it to teachers to create final tests for their students next fall. The measure would leave in place end-of-grade and certain end-of-course tests that federal law requires.

Court: Student prayers OK at school board meetings

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A Texas school board can open its meetings with student-led public prayers without running afoul of the Constitution's prohibition against government-established religion, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a lower court ruling dismissing a lawsuit against the Birdville Independent School District.

From bedroom to boardroom, Supreme Court is in your business

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Quick, name a Supreme Court justice. OK, name three. One of the current justices, Stephen Breyer, once noted wryly that their names are less well-known than those of the Three Stooges. But from the time Americans roll out of bed in the morning until they turn in, the court's rulings are woven into daily life in ways large and small.

AP FACT CHECK: A Washington week of bluster

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's first spending plan for the government and a report by the Congressional Budget Office on Republican health care kicked up quite a fuss in Washington over the past week. Bold claims flew on those developments and more.

School refutes Texas official's Muslim prayer room concerns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Texas school district says Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is raising unfounded concerns about religious freedom over a spare classroom where Muslim students pray. Muslim students at Liberty High School in Frisco have been allowed since 2009 to pray in a classroom that's vacant for part of the afternoon. School officials say the initiative never has attracted controversy.

Nonprofit head picked to manage takeover of failing schools

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's statewide school board is tapping the head of an education non-profit to run an experiment giving charter operators a shot at turning around struggling elementary schools. The State Board of Education said Thursday it hired Eric Hall to lead the new Achievement School District. Hall's job allows him to choose charter-operating companies to take over five schools that have consistently shown poor growth and performance.

APNewsBreak: Sex assault reports up at Navy, Army academies

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reports of sexual assaults increased at two of the three military academies last year and an anonymous survey suggests sexual misconduct rose across the board at the schools, The Associated Press has learned. The new data underscore the challenge in stemming bad behavior by young people at the military college campuses, despite a slew of programs designed to prevent assaults, help victims and encourage them to come forward.

Wake County launches food programs at poorest schools

RALIEGH, N.C. (AP) -- Wake County leaders are touting progress in providing food for students in need. The News and Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/2n7Fi4N) the county announced Tuesday that every public school in Wake County where more than 50 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch now has at least one program that offers free food for students before or after school.

The Latest: Trains returning; cold threatens cherry blossoms

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on a strong winter storm hitting the Northeast (all times local): 5:15 p.m. New York's governor says aboveground subway service and some Metro-North commuter rail service shut down by the snowstorm hitting the East Coast will be restored soon. Democrat Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says Metro-North will resume limited hourly service at 6 p.m. Tuesday until 11 p.m. Full service will resume Wednesday.