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December 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Daily round-up: Eastside Catholic students protest, 7 in 10 Americans say college is ‘very important’

Eastside Catholic students protest departure of gay vice principal: Students at Catholic high schools around the Seattle area joined their peers at Sammamish’s Eastside Catholic in protesting the firing of vice principal Mark Zmuda, who had recently married his male partner. School officials say their decision was mandated by the teachings of the Catholic church, which prohibits same-sex unions.

Study: Positive effects of gifted programs may be overstated (The Atlantic): Test scores from fifth-graders who just barely qualified for their school’s gifted and talented program — or narrowly missed the threshold — suggest advanced classes may not have much impact on student performance, according to a recent study in American Economic Journal.

Gallup poll: Seven in 10 Americans deem college “very important” (Time): A majority of Americans now say a college education is “very important,” according to a new Gallup poll. The percentage was higher among younger and non-white respondents.

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