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Education Lab Blog

Education Lab is a project to spark meaningful conversations about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest.

November 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Daily round-up: A look at the state’s first charter applicants, Newtown report released

A look at Washington’s first 22 charter applicants (KUOW): The state received nearly two dozen charter school applications ahead of last Friday’s deadline. Among the first round of proposals: a special-education school, a high school focused on sports, and a military school for at-risk youth.

Report finds high level of college students switching out of STEM (The Chronicle of Higher Education): A report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education shows 48 percent of students who began college during the 2003-04 academic year and elected to major in science, technology, engineering or math had left those fields by the spring of 2009. About half of those who left switched to a non-STEM major, while the remainder dropped out of college without earning a degree or certificate.

Newtown shooter was obsessed with violence, but motive remains unclear (AP): A yearlong  investigation into the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary concluded Monday with the release of a report from the Connecticut state’s attorney’s office. Prosecutors failed to establish a motive but portrayed shooter Adam Lanza as someone who was obsessed with mass killings.

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