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November 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Morning round-up: Everett School District pays for PSAT, truancy takes a dip in LA

Everett School District pays for all juniors to take PSAT (The Herald): More than 1,100 high-school juniors in Everett took the Preliminary SAT exam last month, after district officials paid for the $25 test fee out of its operating budget. The test automatically qualifies students for certain scholarships and also provides individually tailored information about their academic strengths and potential career paths. Just 638 Everett students took the PSAT in 2010, the last time the district did not pay for the test.

Maryland principal transforms TV cart into mobile office (The Washington Post): Principal Carla Glawe spends most of her days wheeling between classrooms at Olney Elementary School in Montgomery County after realizing over the summer that she no longer wanted to be “cooped up in an office.” The second-year principal says going mobile has enabled her to interact more with teachers, students and parents.

All-day kindergarten expands in Seattle (KPLU): More than half of Seattle’s 69 elementary and K-8 schools now offer free, all-day kindergarten. Seattle Public Schools added 16 extra schools to the program on Nov. 1, pushing the total number of participating schools to 43.

Portland high school elects same-sex couple to homecoming court (The Oregonian): Cleveland High School seniors Sophie Schoenfeld and Laurel Osborne are likely the first same-sex couple to serve on a high-school homecoming court in the Portland metro area, according to The Oregonian.

Truancy citations take dramatic dip in Los Angeles (The Hechinger Report): A new report from the Community Rights Campaign points to an 80-percent single-year decrease in truancy citations in the Los Angeles Unified School District. African-American and Latino students still receive a disproportionate number of citations, however.

Bulletproof whiteboards come to college classrooms (The New York Times): The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore is the first college in the country to purchase the boards from military armor company Hardwire, which has also sold the shields to school districts in Maryland, Minnesota and North Dakota.

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