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November 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Morning round-up: Everett School District pays for PSAT, truancy takes a dip in LA

Everett School District pays for all juniors to take PSAT (The Herald): More than 1,100 high-school juniors in Everett took the Preliminary SAT exam last month, after district officials paid for the $25 test fee out of its operating budget. The test automatically qualifies students for certain scholarships and also provides individually tailored information about their academic strengths and potential career paths. Just 638 Everett students took the PSAT in 2010, the last time the district did not pay for the test.

Maryland principal transforms TV cart into mobile office (The Washington Post): Principal Carla Glawe spends most of her days wheeling between classrooms at Olney Elementary School in Montgomery County after realizing over the summer that she no longer wanted to be “cooped up in an office.” The second-year principal says going mobile has enabled her to interact more with teachers, students and parents.

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November 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Morning round-up: New GET season begins, Moses Lake considers year-round school

Is prepaid tuition a good investment ? (AP): A new season of Washington state’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program begins today. Rising tuition costs have caused speculation about whether the program still makes financial sense, but experts say the investment can still pay off for parents of young children.

Columnist calls for action at Horace Mann: The time has come for Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda to force out 18 community groups “squatting” at a vacant Central District school, writes Seattle Times editorial columnist Lynn K. Varner. The groups, operating collectively as Africatown Center for Education and Innovation, are holding back a voter-approved renovation of the building and costing the district $1,000 a day.

SUNY reaches agreement with feds on sex assault policies (Inside Higher Ed): About half of New York’s 64 public university campuses will revise their sexual assault policies in order to comply with Title IX, the U.S. Education Department announced Thursday. The agreement, expected to influence other university systems, was reached after the education department’s Office of Civil Rights uncovered incidents of alleged harassment or assault that did not receive “prompt or adequate investigations.”

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October 31, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Morning round-up: Helping foster kids transition to college; another reason to limit Halloween treats

 

Photo courtesy McCormick/MCT

Photo courtesy McCormick/MCT

Study: When it comes to Halloween candy, less is more (NPR): A Dartmouth study shows kids are happier if they receive one good treat instead of one good treat followed by a less-desirable one. More reason to limit the classroom supply?

A better way to fund PTSAs?: Seattle Times editorial columnist Jonathan Martin argues that PTSA fundraising helps fuel schools’ financial inequity. Would adding a few district-wide fundraising events into the mix help shrink the gap?

School buses provide stability for homeless students (KPLU): The number of homeless students in Washington state has grown from 18,670 in 2007-08 to 27,390 during the last school year. KPLU looks at how a federal mandate requiring school districts to transport homeless students to their school of origin helps provide some stability.

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