Primary and secondary education

FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will prohibit fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors from small, cartridge-based e-cigarettes that are popular with high school students. But menthol and tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes will be allowed to remain on the market. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
January 02, 2020 - 5:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials will begin cracking down on most flavored e-cigarettes that are popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-delivery devices. The Trump administration...
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This still image taken from video provided by WLIO-TV shows 950 people throwing footballs at the same time on Oct. 25, 2019 at the Ada War Memorial Stadium football field in Ada, Ohio. The Ohio town long associated with the manufacturing of footballs has set a Guinness World Record for the most footballs thrown at once. The record-keeping organization certified the record. (
December 28, 2019 - 4:32 pm
ADA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio town long associated with the manufacturing of footballs has set a Guinness World Record for the most thrown at the same time. The organization certified the record after the attempt was made Oct. 25 by 950 people simultaneously throwing a football on the Ada War Memorial...
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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 file photo, Judge Timothy Feeley, left, addresses former the Rev. Richard J. McCormick, 74, in Salem Superior Court in Boston. Joey Covino said the entirety of his adult life had been altered by McCormick’s abuse over two summers at a Salesian camp - failed relationships, his decisions to join the military and later the police, nightmares that plagued him. His decision to come forward led to McCormick being convicted of rape in 2014 and sentenced to up to 10 years. McCormick since has pleaded guilty to assaulting another boy. (Faith Ninivaggi/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)
December 28, 2019 - 3:02 pm
Richard J. Poster served time for possessing child pornography, violated his probation by having contact with children, admitted masturbating in the bushes near a church school and in 2005 was put on a sex offender registry. And yet the former Catholic priest was only just this month added to a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 1. 2017 file photo, confetti falls as people celebrate the new year in New York's Times Square. This year's New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will spotlight efforts to combat climate change when high school science teachers and students press the button that begins the famous 60-second ball drop and countdown to next year. “On New Year’s Eve, we look back and reflect on the dominant themes of the past year, and seek hope and inspiration as we look forward," Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins said in a statement Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 announcing the plan. He said the honorees “are working to solve this global problem through science.” (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
December 28, 2019 - 11:26 am
NEW YORK (AP) — This year's New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will spotlight efforts to combat climate change when high school science teachers and students press the button that begins the famous 60-second ball drop and countdown to next year. “On New Year’s Eve, we look back and reflect...
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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2019, file photo, Ciara arrives at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Recording artist Ciara returned to the city where she launched her career to surprise students at an Atlanta-area STEM high school on Monda, Dec. 16, 2019. The R&B artist sat in on a class with students at Paul Duke Stem High, a Norcross school which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math education. Students there have been using computer coding skills to remix her songs such as “Melanin”and “Set.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
December 17, 2019 - 6:23 am
NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Recording artist Ciara returned to the city where she launched her career to surprise students at an Atlanta-area STEM high school Monday. The R&B artist sat in on a class at Paul Duke Stem High, a Norcross school which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of seven scheduled Democratic candidates participating in a public education forum, makes opening remarks, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Topics at the event planned for discussion ranged from student services and special education to education equity and justice issues. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
December 14, 2019 - 5:12 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates pledged to boost funding for public schools, increase teacher salaries and reduce college debt at a Saturday forum that cast a rare spotlight on education, an issue that has received only passing attention in recent debates. The event was billed...
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Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller, left, gives the oath of office to Andy Beshear to become Kentucky's governor in Frankfort, Ky., early Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Holding the Bible is Beshear's wife, Britainy. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, Pool)
December 10, 2019 - 11:04 am
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Calling on Kentucky to set a national example of casting aside political divisions, Democrat Andy Beshear took his oath of office as governor early Tuesday in a private ceremony in the Governor's Mansion. Beshear, 42, follows in the footsteps of his father, Steve Beshear,...
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FILE - In this Thursday, May 30, 2019, file photo, Simone Kaplan, of Davie, Fla., hugs her mother, Alana, as she walks offstage after reaching the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md. The Scripps National Spelling Bee will have fewer participants in 2020, as organizers are reducing the number of wild-card entrants. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
December 10, 2019 - 9:06 am
The Scripps National Spelling Bee will have fewer participants next year. Whether it will have fewer champions remains to be seen. Six months after the bee ended in an unprecedented eight-way tie because organizers ran out of words that were difficult enough to trip up the best spellers, Scripps on...
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December 01, 2019 - 5:26 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A substitute teacher berated a Utah fifth grader after he said during a pre-Thanksgiving lesson that he was thankful he’s finally going to be adopted by his two dads, the parents said. The boy’s classmates said the teacher told him, “that’s nothing to be thankful for” and...
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First lady Melania Trump speaks at the B'More Youth Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at UMBC in Baltimore. The first lady urged students to avoid misusing drugs, saying that it would make it harder for them to achieve. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
November 26, 2019 - 4:14 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Melania Trump was greeted by some boos Tuesday when she spoke at a youth summit in Baltimore, a city her husband, President Donald Trump, has disparaged as “rat and rodent infested.” Mrs. Trump urged the audience of middle and high school students to avoid misusing drugs, saying...
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