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June 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Round-up: Teacher protest targets the Gates Foundation, deadline nears for downtown school

Teachers plan protest march to Gates Foundation: About 300 protesters critical of the Gates Foundation’s influence in U.S. education policy plans to hold a rally in downtown Seattle today before marching to the nonprofit’s headquarters. The demonstration is being organized by the Washington state contingent of a Facebook group called Badass Teachers Association.

Deadline approaches for downtown school proposal: Seattle Public Schools has until July 3 to file an application with the U.S. Department of Education to transform a former branch of the Federal Reserve Bank into a downtown school. The six-story building, located on Second Avenue between Spring and Madison streets, was constructed in 1950 and has been vacant since 2008.

Researchers: Kids care more about success than helping others (ParentMap): A new study from Harvard University finds 48 percent of middle- and high-school students say personal achievement is their top value, followed by “being a happy person” (30 percent). Just 22 percent of students said caring for others was most important.

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