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January 22, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Roundup: SPS decides to bid on federal reserve building; students leave billions in aid unclaimed

Seattle School Board decides to bid on vacant downtown building: In a change of course, the Seattle School Board voted Wednesday to bid in an auction for the vacant downtown federal reserve building in the hopes of turning it into an elementary school. The board had previously voted against acquiring the site for free, which would have required the district to remodel the school within three years or face fines.

Students leave billions of unclaimed financial aid on the table (Nerd Wallet): Using federal data, financial news website Nerd Wallet estimates high-school graduates nationwide left more than $2.9 billion in federal Pell grants unclaimed in 2013 by not filling out the FAFSA. The analysis assumes the rate of Pell eligibility is the same among students who did complete the application as it is among those who failed to do so.

Health department orders unvaccinated students to stay home (Los Angeles Times): A widespread measles outbreak has prompted the health department in Orange County to order students at Huntington Beach High School who lack proof of vaccination to stay home from school.

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