UW to offer new minor in Arctic studies: A new initiative from the University of Washington means students can now earn a minor in Arctic studies by learning about climate change in Alaska and other polar regions. The university will hire eight scientists and faculty members to lead the program.
New York set to propose plan for universal pre-K (New York Capital): New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is expected to propose a way to pay for pre-K across his state, according to various media reports. The move would preempt New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s plan for universal pre-K funded by a tax hike on the wealthiest city residents. Cuomo has yet to publicly release details of his proposal.
Editorial board lays out education priorities for lawmakers: Members of The Seattle Times’ editorial board have set forth an extensive education agenda for the 2014 legislative session, which starts next week. Among the board’s priorities: increasing capacity for STEM programs and streamlining early learning.