Seattle schools back away from planned staffing cuts (KUOW): Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda has rescinded a round of staffing cuts that were expected to reduce the hours of dozens of full-time employees. Banda says the Legislature’s supplemental budget helped the district fill in critical funding gaps and avoid the cuts.
Seattle Public Schools reports spike in students’ marijuana use (KPLU): The district’s chief drug and alcohol prevention official says there has been “a dramatic increase in marijuana use on campus by our students” so far this school year. Those concerns have prompted Roosevelt High School to send a note home to parents and invite a guest speaker to address how marijuana affects teenage brain development.
Oregon students suspended for spreading gossip via Twitter (Huffington Post): A Salem, Ore., high school suspended 20 students earlier this month after they re-tweeted a piece of gossip that was posted on an anonymous Twitter account.
- New school to be named for fallen Lakewood officers (The News Tribune)
- Completion rates for older undergraduates lag behind younger students (The New York Times)
- Why a sweet tooth may have been an evolutionary advantage for kids (NPR)