UW subsidized women’s athletics with annual grant: The University of Washington’s athletics department is one of about two dozen nationwide that pay for themselves, thanks in part to a state law that directs a small percentage of student tuition to “gender-equity” sports scholarships. Now, some critics who believe the 25-year-old law is outdated are calling for the scholarships to end.
South King County schools see decline in obesity rates: A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a 17-percent decline in obesity rates among eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders in seven south King County school districts that participated in a federally funded program. During the two-year initiative, school districts and community organizations shared about $13 million in federal stimulus funds.
Australia offers model for high teaching standards (The Hechinger Report): Could the U.S. learn something from Australia’s public education system? New reforms there have led to a tougher certification process and an advancement system that enables teachers to stay in their classrooms.
- Washington teachers urge Arne Duncan to renew waiver (The Bellingham Herald)
- School libraries in LA forced to shut amid budget cuts (Los Angeles Times)
- The art of the college recommendation letter (The Atlantic)
- HS senior battling brain tumor get special graduation (KING 5)