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November 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Round-up: Seattle board rejects downtown school, study finds certificates don’t help earnings

Seattle board rejects downtown school: Citing cost concerns, the Seattle school board voted unanimously Wednesday not to acquire a vacant Federal Reserve building downtown and turn it into an elementary school. Officials estimated the building, located at Second and Spring streets, would have cost $50-$53 million to renovate.

Study says short-term certificates don’t help earnings (AP): Attending college to acquire a specific, short-term certificate is unlikely to boost students’ earnings in the long run, according to a new study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that tracked education and employment data for thousands of students in Washington technical and community colleges. Previous research has shown an associate’s degree can bump up earnings as much as 22 percent, while a four-year degree can double a person’s income.

Class-size initiative trailing by 11,400 votes: Initiative 1351 remained too close to call Thursday morning, with the measure bringing in 49.59 percent of votes statewide.

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