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February 2, 2015 at 4:28 PM

Roundup: WSU instructor is puzzle whiz; analysis ranks cities by K-12 spending efficiency

WSU instructor takes home prestigious puzzle prize: Thomas Gazzola, a math instructor at Washington State University Vancouver, was part of the winning team in Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Mystery Hunt 2015, an annual puzzle quest considered to be the finest puzzle hunt of its kind in the world. Gazzola is a former high-school teacher who writes and solves puzzles as a hobby.

Brooklyn school raises $1 million after student is featured in popular blog (The New York Times): Online donors have contributed more than $1 million for Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brooklyn after a student there was featured on the popular blog Humans of New York. The school, located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City, plans to use the money for student scholarships, summer enrichment programs, and to fund annual field trips to Harvard.

Analysis ranks cities according to efficiency of K-12 spending (The Atlantic): Cities in the Northeast received poor marks in an analysis from WalletHub that measured districts’ spending against their students’ test scores.

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