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December 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Daily round-up: Charter schools get local judge’s OK, feds move to rein in for-profit colleges

Washington charter schools get judge’s OK, but questions remain: A King County judge ruled in favor of the state’s charter-school law on Thursday but struck down a portion of the law that would have made charter schools eligible for state construction funds. An appeal to the state’s highest court is expected.

U.S. Education Department moves to rein in tuition at for-profit colleges (The Wall Street Journal): A draft proposal from the Obama administration would cut student aid revenue to for-profit colleges that fail to meet a set of “gainful employment” rules. The benchmarks would threaten Pell grants and federal student loans in up to 20 percent of programs at for-profit institutions.

Spanaway school uses exercise breaks to keep students alert (The News Tribune): Teachers at Spanaway Elementary have turned to one-to-two minute bursts of activity — called “brain breaks” — as a way to increase students’ mental focus and physical fitness.

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