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January 10, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Daily round-up: State court urges faster action on McCleary, law schools scramble to draw students

State supreme court urges faster action on McCleary: Eight of nine justices have signed an order declaring clear state lawmakers aren’t doing enough in the eyes of the court to follow through on the McCleary ruling and adequately fund public education. The legislature must increase education spending again this year, the justices wrote, or risk falling short of “the state’s good-faith commitment toward fulfilling its constitution promise.”

Washington law schools scramble to draw more students: The state’s three law schools are testing out new ways to attract more students as enrollment here continues to follow a national pattern of decline. Among the ideas so far: a satellite campus in Alaska, a two-year degree, and enticing top out-of-state candidates with in-state tuition rates.

Spokane schools see improvement in graduation rates (The Spokesman-Review): The Spokane School District is celebrating a nearly 20-percent increase in on-time high school graduation rates from 2008 to 2013. Officials say new credit retrieval programs and an administrator who is solely focused on attendance contributed to the turnaround.

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