Ferrum College appoints new president
Education / Virginia

Ferrum College appoints new president

FERRUM, Va. (AP) — Ferrum College has appointed a new president. The university announced Monday in a news release that Joseph Spooner will serve as the school’s 11th president starting Aug. 1. Chair of the Ferrum College Presidential Search Committee Robert W. Todd announced the appointment following the selection by the College Board of Trustees. … Continue reading

How to make summer school great again? Give a class on Trump
Education / Politics

How to make summer school great again? Give a class on Trump

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Professor Robert Smith covers a lot of ground teaching American government, yet recent class discussions ranging from the electoral college to minority rights have kept returning to the same subject: Donald Trump. So this summer, Smith plans to cede the spotlight to the billionaire who’s shaken up presidential politics. He’s created … Continue reading

Transgender bathroom choice nothing new for Seattle schools
Campus Life / Education / National

Transgender bathroom choice nothing new for Seattle schools

SEATTLE (AP) — In progressive Seattle, a presidential order that public schools give transgender students access to the bathrooms matching their gender identity won’t require a shift. While the debate has reached a fever pitch in other parts of the country, the city’s public schools have accommodated transgender students in the bathrooms and locker rooms … Continue reading

Report finds segregation in education on the rise
Education / National / Politics

Report finds segregation in education on the rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six decades after the Supreme Court outlawed separating students by race, stubborn disparities persist in how the country educates its poor and minority children. A report Tuesday by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found deepening segregation of black and Hispanic students at high-poverty K-12 public schools. These schools often offered fewer math, … Continue reading

Lt Gov: Texas will forego federal funds over LGBT policy
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Lt Gov: Texas will forego federal funds over LGBT policy

DALLAS (AP) — Texas’ lieutenant governor said Friday, May 13, that the state is prepared to forfeit billions of federal dollars in public school funding in defiance of an Obama administration directive requiring schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. The new directive is expected … Continue reading

Pakistan university attack shatters dreams, stokes fear
Asia / Campus Life / Middle East

Pakistan university attack shatters dreams, stokes fear

CHARSADDA, Pakistan (AP) — When Islamic militants stormed the university campus in this Pakistani town, chemistry professor Hamid Hussain was carrying a concealed pistol. Locking his students in his classroom he opened fire on the assailants, buying his pupils enough time to escape before he was gunned down. The survival of Hussain’s students in a … Continue reading

Senate panel approves bill to make school lunches tastier
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Senate panel approves bill to make school lunches tastier

WASHINGTON (AP) — School meals could become a bit tastier under legislation approved by a Senate committee. The bipartisan measure approved by a voice vote Wednesday is designed to help schools that say the Obama administration’s healthier meal rules are too restrictive. Leaders of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee introduced the legislation Monday … Continue reading

Senate panel approves bill to make school lunches tastier
Health / Politics

Senate panel approves bill to make school lunches tastier

WASHINGTON (AP) — School meals could become a bit tastier under legislation approved by a Senate committee. The bipartisan measure approved by a voice vote Wednesday, Jan. 20, is designed to help schools that say the Obama administration’s healthier meal rules are too restrictive. Leaders of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee introduced the … Continue reading

Lifelong friends still going strong at 87
Virginia

Lifelong friends still going strong at 87

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — Five Northampton County natives who graduated from high school together 70 years ago have remained friends throughout the decades. The women vacationed together on Chincoteague last month, enjoying shopping, dining out and visiting the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. But mainly they just enjoyed catching up with news of each other’s lives … Continue reading