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Hostile school board meetings have members calling it quits

A Nevada school board member said he had thoughts of suicide before stepping down amid threats and harassment. In Virginia, a board member resigned over what she saw as politics driving decisions on masks. The vitriol at board meetings in Wisconsin had one member fearing he would find his tires slashed.

Bernie Sanders sells big government’s virtues in red states

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Bernie Sanders has long argued – but not proved – that his big government populism can win over voters in the largely white, rural communities that flocked to Republican Donald Trump in recent elections.

More COVID-19 shots, studies offer hope for U.S. schools

WASHINGTON — Officials offered new hope for the safety of U.S. schoolchildren threatened by COVID-19 on Friday as Gulf Coast hospitals already full of unvaccinated patients braced for the nightmare scenario of a major hurricane causing a wave of fractures, cuts and heart attacks without enough staff to treat the injured.

COVID forces Idaho hospitals past capacity, toward crisis

BOISE — Hospital facilities and public health agencies are scrambling to add capacity as the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise statewide. But many Idaho residents don't seem to feel the same urgency.

3 California families get out of Afghanistan to safety

EL CAJON, Calif. — Three families from a San Diego suburb have made it out of Afghanistan after they went to the country earlier this summer to visit relatives and got stuck there amid the chaos following the Taliban's takeover, officials said Thursday.

Oregon district passes resolution against COVID-19 mandates

REDMOND, Ore. — A school board in central Oregon, where COVID-19 is surging, has passed a resolution protesting statewide mandates that require masks in schools and vaccines for all teachers, staff and volunteers.

Spokane School Board passes equity policy

Capping more than a year of work and controversy, the Spokane Public Schools board unanimously approved an equity policy that figures to be a guidepost for many future policies and decisions.

Pandemic windfall for U.S. schools has few strings attached

As the federal government releases historic sums of pandemic aid to the nation’s schools, it’s urging them to dream big, to invest in seismic changes that will benefit students for generations to come. But many districts say they have more urgent problems to tackle first.

Masks ordered for most Florida students, defying DeSantis

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Just over half of Florida’s 2.8 million public school students now face mandates to wear masks in classrooms as a courtroom battle continues over efforts by Gov. Ron DeSantis to leave such decisions up to parents.

Bus driver shortages are latest challenge hitting U.S. schools

HELENA – A Montana school district is dangling $4,000 bonuses and inviting people to test drive big yellow school buses in hopes of enticing them to take a job that schools are struggling to fill as kids return to in-person classes.

Parents get coached on how to escape mask and vaccine rules

ALSEA, Ore. – An Oregon school superintendent is telling parents they can get their children out of wearing masks by citing federal disability law. A pastor at a California megachurch is offering religious exemptions for anyone morally conflicted over vaccine requirements.