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Hawaii Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke

Hawaii to Make Preschool Available for All 3-4 Year-Olds

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii put forward a plan Tuesday to make preschool available to all 3- ...
Amanda Darrow, director of youth, family and education programs at the Utah Pride Center

North Dakota Weighs Ban of ‘Sexually Explicit’ Library Books

Books containing "sexually explicit" content — including depictions of sexual or gender identity — would be ...
High school student Mecca Patterson-Guridy

Students Turn to TikTok to Fill Gaps in School Lessons

The COVID-19 pandemic devastated poor children's well-being, not just by closing their schools, but also by ...
Students work

Massive Learning Setbacks Show COVID’s Sweeping Toll on Kids

The COVID-19 pandemic devastated poor children's well-being, not just by closing their schools, but also by ...
Amber McCoy a fourth grade teacher

Battle Rages in W.Va. Over Control of Public School Policy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Voters in West Virginia will get the final say on a ballot ...
Immigration demonstrators

Nonprofits Help Fund Immigrants’ Legal Fights on Deportation

As the number of immigrants seeking court permission to avoid deportation grows, foundations in Los Angeles ...
Texas State Trooper

Uvalde Students Go Back to School for 1st Time Since Attack

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gilbert Mata woke up excited Tuesday for the first day of school ...
FILE - Supporters of St. Augustine High School including Byron Bernard, class of 1980, center, with "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child" poster, demand the right of self-governance including a corporal punishment policy, march and cheer in front of the Archdiocese of New Orleans at Notre Dame Seminary Saturday March 26, 2011. A school district in southwest Missouri has decided to bring back spanking as a form of discipline for students, but only if their parents agree. Missouri and Louisiana are among 19 states that allow corporal punishment in schools. (Matthew Hinton,The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

Missouri School District Reinstates Spanking if Parents OK

A school district in southwestern Missouri decided to bring back spanking as a form of discipline ...
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Are Family Outings No Longer Affordable?

Having fun has never been more expensive ...
Gretchen Robinson, a lesbian high school teacher in Orange County, Fla

‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Confuses Some Florida Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Some Florida schools have moved library books and debated changing textbooks in ...
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Best Ways to Invest Children’s Savings

Many parents think about teaching their kids the importance of saving. Indeed, it is never too ...
School kids eating

What’s New This Year for School Lunches?

In the past, school cafeterias might have served as a source for more punchlines than nutrition ...
Jennifer Montalto

Parkland Jurors Hear 3rd Day of Heartbreaking Testimony

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Girl Scout and avid reader. A trombone player who loved ...
Aaliyah Floyd, 10, right, selects school supplies with volunteer Cindy Blomquist

Inflation Weighs on Back-to-School Buying for Many Families

NEW YORK (AP) — To understand the impact of surging inflation on this year's back-to-school spending, ...
A second grade student is given a at-home COVID-19 test

Some Schools Hit Hard by Virus Make Few Changes for New Year

As a new school year approaches, COVID-19 infections are again on the rise, fueled by highly ...
Parents and family of students hold protest signs during a special meeting of the Board of Trustees of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District where parents addressed the shootings at Robb Elementary School, Monday, July 18, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Frequent Lockdowns May Have Contributed to Uvalde Tragedy

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Teachers and students at Robb Elementary School knew the safety protocols when ...
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New Writing Program Mobilizes Therapists to Help K-12 Teachers, Librarians and School Administrators

'The Things They Carry' Writing Workshops to Help Teachers, Librarians and School Personnel Process the Stress ...
A poster greets women entering the abortion operating room at Hope Medical Group for Women

‘Fighting for One Day’: Louisiana Abortion Clinic Still Open

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Fielding a call from a woman seeking an abortion, the director of ...
Astrid Cardona kisses her mother Ufemia Tomas

A Migrant Survivor of the Trailer: ‘They Couldn’t Breathe’

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The advice of a friend to stay near the door of a ...
An abortion-rights activists holds a sign reading "I am not Ovary-Acting," during the protests outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

Same-Sex Couples Updating Legal Status After Abortion Ruling

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Emails and phone calls from same-sex couples, worried about the legal status ...
A student lunch of homemade pizza and caesar salad

Families Brace for Changes to Pandemic-Era Free School Meals

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — Before the pandemic, there was no room in the budget for Kate ...
Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

Law Officers Testifying for Committee on Uvalde Shooting

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — A legislative committee investigating the deadly shooting at a Texas elementary school ...
production of the Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

US Opens COVID Vaccine to Little Kids; Shots Begin This Week

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. on Saturday opened COVID-19 vaccines to infants, toddlers and preschoolers ...
a student looks back at his mother as he is vaccinated

California Lawmaker Scraps Plan for Preteen Vaccine Consent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday amended a bill that would have let preteens ...
senior from Enloe High School Malika Mobley

Students of Color Push Back on Calls for Police in Schools

After the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school, schools around the country pledged to boost ...
A Toney Award

Prize-Winning Texas Drama Teacher to Get Special Tony Award

NEW YORK (AP) — The special Tony Award that honors educators will go to a drama ...
Dr. Keith Reisinger-Kindle, associate director of the OB-GYN residency program at Wright State University's medical school in Dayton, Ohio, leads a lecture of OB-GYN residents in the Wright State program Wednesday, April 13, 2022. The physician created and implemented abortion coursework for medical students and residents, with support from his university, and offers training at a nearby clinic where he also performs abortions. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Abortion Training Under Threat for Med Students, Residents

Browse any medical dictionary, and before hitting appendectomy and anesthesia, you'll find abortion ...
In this undated photo provided by Dalaine Bradley, Drew Waller, 7, Zion Waller, 10, and Ahmad Waller, 11, left to right, study during homeschooling, in Raleigh, N.C. (Courtesy of Dalaine Bradley via AP)

Homeschooling Surge Continues Despite Schools Reopening

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic ushered in what may be the most rapid rise ...
Fischer Wells

Kentucky Governor Vetoes Transgender Girls Sports Ban

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic governor on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would bar transgender ...
Florida House Representative Michele Rayner delivers an impassioned speech

Disney Workers Plan Walkout to Protest ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney workers are planning walkouts during their breaks every day this week ...
A Cuban woman and her daughter wait in line

US Ends Asylum Restrictions For Children Traveling Alone

ATLANTA (AP) — Unaccompanied child migrants trying to enter the United States will no longer be ...
Woman addresses the crowd

In Minneapolis Strike, Teachers Say Kids Aren’t All Right

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Teachers in Minneapolis say they've noticed more kids with anxiety and depression. One ...
Erin Carver stands outside her attorney's office

Child Marriage Becomes a Legal Loophole in Custody Fights

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ryan Small was trying to keep his ex-wife from moving out of ...
Person reading books

Activism Grows Nationwide in Response to School Book Bans

NEW YORK (AP) — Until a year ago, Stephana Ferrell's political activism was limited to the ...
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

Texas Governor Order Treats Gender-Confirming Care as Abuse

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the state's child welfare agency ...
A construction crane

Parkland Victim’s Dad Scales Crane Near White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years after 17 students and others were gunned down at Stoneman Douglas ...
Legislators applaud Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee as he delivers his State of the State address Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Tennessee Gov, GOP Push More Scrutiny of School Libraries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Less than a week after a local Tennessee school board attracted national ...
Black Bean and Plantain Rice Bowl

New York City School Lunch Menu Going Vegan on Fridays

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget mystery meat or cheese pizza. Instead, chickpea wraps and veggie tacos ...
Autherine Lucy Foster, center, the first Black person to attend University of Alabama, discussing her return to campus following mob demonstrations in Birmingham, Ala

Alabama Building to Share Names of KKK Leader, Black Student

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A University of Alabama building named for a former governor who led ...
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

EXPLAINER: COVID Vaccines for Kids Under 5: What’s Next?

Parents who thought their children under 5 would have to wait several more months for COVID-19 ...