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June 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Round-up: Senate rejects student loan bill, school board digs for extra cash for new textbooks

Senate rejects student loan refinance bill: The U.S. Senate struck down a bill Wednesday that would have allowed borrowers who took out undergraduate student loans before July 1, 2013 to refinance their interest rates to 3.86 percent — half the rate some earlier borrowers are paying. More than half of graduates from Washington’s colleges and universities have student debt, with the average borrower owing $23,000.

Seattle School Board digs for extra cash after selecting pricier textbooks: The board voted 4 to 3 last week to reject a math textbook recommended by an advisory committee and instead purchase Math in Focus, an American version of Singapore math. The switch is expected to cost an additional $3 million.

Oregon gunman identified as 15-year-old student (The Oregonian): Police have not established a link between the gunman and victim in Tuesday’s shooting at a Portland-area high school.

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