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January 31, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Round-up: State’s first charter school will open this fall, bill focuses on summer learning loss

State’s first charter school will open this fall in Seattle: A privately-funded elementary school for homeless children will be the first charter school to open in Washington state. First Place Scholars was among seven schools approved by a state commission on Thursday.

Editorial: Pilot program would help end summer learning loss: A proposed state senate bill would provide funding for 10 high-poverty school districts to add 20 days to the academic year in an effort to bridge learning gaps between low-income and more affluent students. Times editorial columnist Lance Dickie wrote in support of the idea Thursday, calling summer learning loss “a documented problem that has drawn serious academic attention.”

Researchers: Kindergarten is becoming the new first grade (Education Week): A new University of Virginia study finds kindergarten teachers devoting 25 percent more time to early literacy in 2006 than they did in 1998. Seventy-five percent of kindergarteners now attend school all-day, compared to 56 percent in 1998.

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