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September 5, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Round-up: Prepaid tuition program recovers, rethinking sexual-assault awareness

State’s prepaid tuition program makes full recoveryThe Guaranteed Education Tuition plan, or GET, has rebounded to a funded status of 106 percent two years after the program was at risk of shutting down from lack of funds. Officials credit the program’s recovery to a two-year freeze on state tuition rates and stock-market growth.

Tacoma counselors allege struggling students are dumped into alternative schools (The News Tribune): Two guidance counselors and a teacher from Lincoln High School have filed complaints saying they were directed to refer students who were behind on graduation credits to an alternative Tacoma Public Schools program called the Re-engagement Center. The educators have alleged the school is attempting to filter out struggling students in an effort to boost its graduation rate; district officials say it’s up to parents and students to decide whether to enter the alternative program.

College sexual-assault awareness programs revamped (AP): The Department of Education’s focus on campus sexual assault has led many schools to rethink their awareness programs for freshmen and other new students. At Oklahoma State University, students who fail to complete a new 40-minute online course on sexual assault awareness are now barred from registering for classes.

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