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January 28, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Round-up: Inslee proposes ending tax breaks to fund K-12, reading gap widens

Inslee proposes ending tax breaks to fund education: Gov. Inslee introduced a proposal on Tuesday that would end several tax breaks and provide $200 million for K-12 education from now through the end of the 2015 fiscal year. Some of the proposed repeals include tax breaks for bottled water, janitorial services and trade-ins valued at more than $10,000.

Reading gap widens between rich and poor fourth-graders (NBC News): A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds 80 percent of low-income fourth-graders do not read at grade level, compared to 49 percent of their wealthier peers. Over the last 10 years, those numbers have risen by 17 percent among the richer students but only by 6 percent for the low-income students.

Program guides Eastern Washington students into higher ed (The Spokesman-Review): The College Success Foundation, a program that’s been in place in several Seattle-area schools for more than a decade, is spreading to districts east of the mountains. The initiative targets low-income students and provides additional in-school guidance counseling services.

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