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June 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Round-up: Seattle U. instructors vote on unionizing, schools test out longer days

Seattle U.’s adjunct instructors will vote on whether to unionize: A growing movement of nontenured college faculty voting to unionize has come to Seattle University, where the contingent instructors will decide today whether to join Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925. The union has already organized at Pacific Lutheran University and will soon do so at Gonzaga.

In Kentucky, schools find success without tests (NPR): All 1,700 students in the Danville School District will skip Common Core testing this spring and instead complete performance-based assessments. At Bate Middle School, the seventh graders’ science assessment revolves around research projects culminating  in 20-minute oral presentations and 15-page research papers.

Schools experiment with longer days (The Atlantic): Schools from Nashville to Philadelphia are experimenting with extended school days for students. Aside from giving students more learning time, advocates also say the schedule offers teachers more time to meet individually with students.

Utah school alters students’ yearbook photos (AP): Some students from Utah’s Wasatch High School were upset to discover their yearbook photos had been altered because of dress code violations.

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