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Education Lab Blog

Education Lab is a project to spark meaningful conversations about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest.

October 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Round-up: Montana considers $37-million pre-K plan, Catholic colleges rethink religious outreach

Montana governor pitches $37-million pre-K program (AP): Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) has proposed a $37 million early education proposal that would give public schools grants to create or expand preschool programs. Several Republican lawmakers in Montana have questioned whether the plan is the best use for the state’s education dollars.

Senator calls on schools to end anti-smoking partnership (The Hill): Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is calling on the National School Boards Association not to partner with the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company on a campaign called “Right Decision Right Now.” The senator has argued the message simply encourages students to delay use of tobacco until they are adults, rather than offering them compelling reasons not to smoke.

Catholic colleges find new ways to reach non-religious students (The Chronicle of Higher Education): Many of the country’s 225 Roman Catholic colleges are focusing on their social justice and teaching missions as their student populations become increasingly less Catholic.

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