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November 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Round-up: Seattle students walk out of class, Georgia schools get creative with school lunches

Seattle high-school students walk out to join Ferguson protests: Seattle Public Schools says approximately 1,000 students from Garfield High School walked out of class Tuesday afternoon to join ongoing protests surrounding Monday’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo. About 250 students from Roosevelt High School also walked out Tuesday morning but were reportedly heading back to the school.

Georgia schools get creative with cafeteria lunches (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution): Across the country, fewer students are opting for cafeteria lunches following the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and an uptick in meal prices. The decline has prompted some schools in Georgia to offer more meal choices and cook more food from scratch in a effort to get more students in the cafeteria line.

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November 24, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Round-up: Corinthian Colleges sells off local schools, UVA suspends all fraternities

Corinthian Colleges sells off schools (AP): Corinthian Colleges, a chain of for-profit colleges facing scrutiny from federal and state regulations, is selling most of its campuses operating under the name Everest or WyoTech, including six campuses in Western Washington. A non-profit company called ECMC Group is buying 68 schools for $24 million and plans to close 12 of them after their current students graduate.

UVA suspends all frats amid sexual-assault allegations (Bloomberg): The University of Virginia has suspended all fraternities until Jan. 9 after a story appeared in Rolling Stone that reported several students there had made accusations of sexual assault that were not pursued by the university. The student at the center of the story says she was raped by seven men at a Phi Kappa Psi party in 2012.

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November 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Round-up: Seattle pre-K program won’t include transportation, shooting at Florida State

Seattle preschool program won’t include transportation: Mayor Ed Murray says Seattle remains committed to a diverse mix of students in its subsidized preschool program, despite a lack of funds for bus transportation. Murray’s new Office of Education and Early Learning is set to present a detailed implementation plan for the program to the city council by Feb. 23.

Alumnus shoots three at Florida State University (AP): Three people were injured early Thursday morning after a Florida State University alumnus opened fire in the school’s library. The gunman was shot and killed by police.

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November 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Round-up: Whitman investigated over Title IX compliance, college applicants clean up digital profiles

Whitman College joins list of schools investigated under Title IX: The private, liberal-arts college located in Walla Walla is one of 86 schools around the U.S. being investigated over the handling of sexual-violence and harassment complaints. A student who called The Seattle Times said she made the complaint after the college did not take disciplinary action against a student whom she accused of sexually assaulting her.

College applicants cleaning up their act on social media (The New York Times): College admissions officers say they are finding less incriminating material in the social-media pages of applicants. In a survey of 403 admissions officers, 35 percent said they had visited an applicant’s social-media profile, but just 16 percent said they found something that hurt the potential students’ chances of being admitted.

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November 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Round-up: Common Core brings changes to reading lessons, mayor calls for collaboration with district

Common Core brings changes to reading instruction (NPR): Teachers like Amy Wertheimer in Washington, D.C., are shifting the way they teach reading in response to the new Common Core standards. In Wertheimer’s fifth-grade classroom, students read through nonfiction, “informational texts” together and answer comprehension-based questions as a group.

Mayor Murray calls for collaboration with district officials (KPLU): The Seattle City Council is set to approve a plan next week that would create a city Department of Education and Early Learning. “This isn’t about turf,”  Murray said during a “State of the District” speech Monday evening.

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November 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Round-up: Report finds 1 out of 30 U.S. children homeless, Dorn wants to ax graduation testing

One in every 30 U.S. children is homeless, report finds (AP): The number of homeless children is now at an all-time high in the U.S., according to a report released Monday by the National Center on Family Homelessness. The report cites lack of affordable housing and pervasive domestic violence as two main contributors to the increase.

State education chief wants to do away with graduation testing (The News Tribune): Randy Dorn, Washington’s superintendent of public instruction, wants the Legislature to move away from its plan to require high-school students to pass Common Core tests in language arts and math in order to graduate. Dorn said he doesn’t think Common Core tests should be used for graduation because they are designed to measure students’ readiness for college, not their basic high-school proficiency.

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November 13, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Round-up: State ed board says it needs new revenue for McCleary, college tuition climbing upward

State education board says it needs new revenue to fund McCleary (The Columbian): Ben Rarick, executive director of the Washington State Board of Education, says it’s unlikely that projected revenue growth will give the state enough money to comply with the Washington Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. “New revenue is going to have to be part of the picture,” he said.

College tuition continuing to creep upward (AP): Undergraduate students attending a four-year school in state are now paying $18,943 each year, on average, including room and board. Adjusted for inflation, that rate is more than triple what students paid 30 years ago, according to a report from the College Board.

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November 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Round-up: Feds direct states to examine teacher quality, students study from home on snow days

Feds direct states to focus on equity in hiring teachers (The New York Times): The Obama administration has issued a letter to state superintendents directing them to develop plans to bring high-quality teachers to schools with a high proportion of poor students and racial minorities. Federal officials are also asking states to examine teacher evaluations and whether higher-rated teachers are more concentrated in affluent areas.

Schools begin to install ‘active shooter’ technology (AP): An elementary school in Methuen, Mass., is one of the first few schools to receive “active shooter” systems from Shooter Detection Systems, a Massachusetts-based company. The technology includes audio sensors that can detect the sound of gunfire and instantly alert emergency personnel.

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November 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Round-up: Community colleges enroll influx of veterans, UW regents change meeting location

Washington community colleges enroll influx of veterans: In the past four years, Washington’s community colleges have enrolled 19,702 military veterans — more than all the state’s four-year schools combined. Many are studying under the post-9/11 GI Bill while also working part-time and raising families, and some founder as students while trying to keep up with all their other responsibilities.

UW regents change dinner meeting spots amid public-access concerns: Regents at the University of Washington will no longer hold regular dinner meetings at the off-campus home of UW President Michael Young after a lawsuit was filed over the practice. The meetings are now being held at the UW Club, a nonprofit campus social club.

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November 10, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Round-up: UW maxed out on computer-science space, class-size initiative widens lead

UW seeks more space for computer-science students: An influx of students has filled the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering to capacity just 11 years after the building opened. Now, the university is seeking private and public funding to build a new computer-science facility on the Seattle campus. Class-size…

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