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February 9, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Roundup: SPS loses building auction; teachers’ biases influence STEM choices, study finds

Seattle district loses bid for downtown building: A winning $16-million bid for the downtown federal reserve building did not come from Seattle Public Schools, district officials confirmed over the weekend. The district had wanted to turn the vacant building into a school; the identity of the winning bidder has not been released.

Study: Teachers key in encouraging girls to pursue STEM (The New York Times): A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds teachers have significant early influence on whether female students go on to pursue careers in math and science. Unconscious biases, the study found, caused teachers in Israel to grade girls more harshly in these subjects, and fewer of these students went on to take advanced courses.

Portland-area school says bilingual curriculum has helped raise grad rates (The Oregonian): Woodburn High School, which is approximately 90 percent Latino and low-income, has boosted its on-time graduation rate to 87 percent — 15 percent points above the state average in Oregon.

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