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March 12, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Round-up: Bill would give students time off for religious reasons, Oregon expands community college programs

Bill would give students two days off for religions reasons (The Olympian): A bill that would permit state employees and students to take up two days off each year for religious purposes unanimously passed the Senate on Tuesday and is headed to Gov. Jay Inlsee’s desk for approval. The days would count as excused absences for students and unpaid absences for state workers.

Oregon governor signs bills to expand community college programs (The Oregonian): Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed two bills Tuesday that are intended to increase students’ access to community colleges. One will create a scholarship pilot program; the other will study whether and how the state could offer free community college classes to all high-school graduates.

Tenino school blasts Bieber to raise funds for sister school (The Centralia Chronicle): High-school students outside Centralia are using an overplayed Justin Bieber song to encourage their peers to donate money to their sister school in Ghana.

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