State funding boosts public-private STEM scholarship program: A $25-million boost from the state Legislature is expected to help the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program to get contributions from private businesses. The scholarships are available to undergraduate Washington residents who are studying at in-state public or private colleges and whose family income is at or below the 125th percentile.
Spokane prepares to arm school resource officers (The Spokesman-Review): School resource officers in Spokane are being trained as Spokane Police Department reserve officers so they can carry guns on school grounds. The training is part of an extensive security upgrade at Spokane Public Schools that also includes installing more cameras and improving security locks.
San Diego spelling bee runs out of words (AP): Middle-school students competing in the 45th Annual U-T San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee managed to exhaust the contest’s standard set of 500 words. Bee master David Hay, who says the shortage has never happened in his 33 years as bee mater, had to dig up some spare words to finish the competition.
- Parents, schools struggle with shifting teen attitudes on marijuana (Colorado Public Radio)
- Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests (NBC News)
- USC journalism school plans course on Google Glass (Wall Street Journal)
- Therapy dogs help Darrington students cope (KING 5)