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November 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Morning round-up: New GET season begins, Moses Lake considers year-round school

Is prepaid tuition a good investment ? (AP): A new season of Washington state’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program begins today. Rising tuition costs have caused speculation about whether the program still makes financial sense, but experts say the investment can still pay off for parents of young children.

Columnist calls for action at Horace Mann: The time has come for Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda to force out 18 community groups “squatting” at a vacant Central District school, writes Seattle Times editorial columnist Lynn K. Varner. The groups, operating collectively as Africatown Center for Education and Innovation, are holding back a voter-approved renovation of the building and costing the district $1,000 a day.

SUNY reaches agreement with feds on sex assault policies (Inside Higher Ed): About half of New York’s 64 public university campuses will revise their sexual assault policies in order to comply with Title IX, the U.S. Education Department announced Thursday. The agreement, expected to influence other university systems, was reached after the education department’s Office of Civil Rights uncovered incidents of alleged harassment or assault that did not receive “prompt or adequate investigations.”

Eastern WA district considers year-round schooling (Columbia Basin Herald): Overcrowding could prompt the Moses Lake School District to begin holding classes year-round as soon as the next school year.

Tips for handling chronic absenteeism (Edutopia): Nationwide, between 5 and 7.5 million children miss at least 10 percent of the school year. Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten and first grade has been linked to academic problems later on, and prevention is key.

Fake gun leads to school lockdown (Wenatchee World): An elementary school in Wenatchee was put on lockdown Thursday after a woman carrying what appeared to be an assault rifle was spotted in front of the school. Police later learned the gun was a fake weapon that the woman was carrying as part of her Halloween costume.

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