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State House approves high school civics test requirement

[ad_1] PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A measure that would require South Dakota high school students to pass a civics test to graduate is headed to the Senate. The House voted 38-31 Thursday for the bill. It would mandate that high school students score at least 70 percent to get a diploma. The exam would include 10 questions from the U.S. citizenship test. The bill, proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem, was
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Virginia governor asks lawmakers to focus on budget ‘equity’

[ad_1] RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam asked lawmakers Thursday to pass a state budget that has a "greater focus on issues of equity" as he tries to move past a blackface scandal that nearly ended his governorship. Northam met with a group of state legislators to discuss the budget and sent them a letter outlining his priorities as the GOP-led General Assembly puts the final touches
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Rhode Island governor calls for stronger gun control laws

[ad_1] PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo marked the anniversary of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Thursday by calling for stronger gun control laws in Rhode Island. The Democratic governor and Democratic Attorney General Peter Neronha joined activists at the State House to announce three bills they want state lawmakers to pass. They want the legislature to pass a measure to ban guns in schools and
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Nevada bill would require police presence at middle schools

[ad_1] CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada bill introduced in the state Assembly would require a police presence at public middle schools, junior high schools and high schools. The proposed legislation was introduced Thursday and referred to a committee. It would require a school district's board of trustees to have at least one "school police officer" at the schools. The legislation would also require the Department of Education have
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Kentucky Senate advances NRA-backed concealed carry bill

[ad_1] FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Backed by a powerful gun-rights group, a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training was passed by the Kentucky Senate on Thursday. The measure has the blessing of the National Rifle Association but was denounced by an activist who noted that Senate action on the bill came on the anniversary of a shooting at a Florida high
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Police: Teen charged after gunshot at New Mexico high school

[ad_1] RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A 16-year-old student suspected of opening fire inside a high school in suburban Albuquerque was charged Thursday with attempting to commit murder and carrying a deadly weapon on school grounds, police said. The shooting, in which no one was injured, came on the anniversary of the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre. The boy, who police say fired a handgun before leaving it behind and
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New Mexico moves to close loophole on gun background checks

[ad_1] SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Proposed legislation to expand background checks to nearly all private gun sales in New Mexico cleared its last major hurdle with approval from the state Senate on Thursday. The 22-20 Senate vote highlighted a marked shift in the politics of firearms regulation in a state with a strong culture of gun ownership. It took place on the anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory
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Sununu initiative would incentivize learning outside classes

[ad_1] CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An education initiative being pushed by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu would incentivize learning outside the classroom. Officials say the "Learn Everywhere" program aims to give students high school credit for internships and other after-school activities. WMUR-TV reports educators voiced concern about the initiative during a Thursday hearing, arguing a state-run work-based program could undermine local programs. Advocates say a state-run program would benefit those
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Bus driver shortage leaves some students chronically late

[ad_1] CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The school district of Charleston County, South Carolina, says a shortage of school bus drivers has left some students chronically late. The Post and Courier reported Wednesday that students in North Charleston and Mount Pleasant have missed hundreds of hours of class time due to the shortage. The district executive director of transportation, Jeff Scott, says drivers are contracted through Durham School Services. He says
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Police plea to schools to cut Northamptonshire gang crime

[ad_1] Image copyright YouTube Image caption Gang members in Wellingborough have posted music videos of themselves on YouTube Head teachers have been asked by police to try to keep pupils in education for as long as possible to help reduce the "epidemic of gang violence". Insp Daryl Lyon, who wrote to each school in Northamptonshire, said pupils at risk of exclusion could be referred to police for support.There were 3,918