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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.

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January 13, 2015 at 4:27 PM

Roundup: UMass outsources campus bookstore to Amazon; police clear UVA fraternity

UMass outsources campus bookstore to Amazon: The University of Massachusetts-Amherst has partnered with Amazon in a textbook deal that will enable students to buy their books online through the Seattle-based company and pick them up on campus. UMass is Amazon’s third online university store in the country.

Inslee State of State address calls for more education funding: The governor used his State of the State address on Tuesday to promote his proposal for a cap-and-trade program that he says would generate $1 billion in its first year for education and transportation. His top priorities in education include expanding all-day kindergarten across the state and class-size reductions in grades K-3.

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December 31, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Roundup: Court rules Kansas school funding is inadequate; ‘Sesame Street’ goes digital

Court rules Kansas school funding insufficient (The New York Times): A state court panel has ruled that Kansas schools are unconstitutionally underfunded, but it failed to provide a specific dollar amount lawmakers should be spending. The state is expected to appeal the decision to the Kansas Supreme Court.

‘Sesame Street’ focuses on digital e-learning offerings (NPR): “Anytime, anywhere learning” is the mantra for a new line of digital products developed by Sesame Workshop, an offshoot of “Sesame Street.” Vocabulary development is one key focus of the new educational tools.

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December 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Roundup: Remembering former UW president; sub shortage common across state

Former UW President William Gerberding dies at 85: Gerberding, the University of Washington’s longest-serving president, presided over the school during a tumultuous period in the ’80s and ’90s. He died Saturday in Seattle at the age of 85.

Survey finds most WA districts have sub shortage: A recent survey conducted by the Washington Office of the State Actuary and presented to a legislative committee found 74 of about 90 districts across the state are having trouble finding substitute teachers. The districts cited several potential reasons for the problem, including low pay and a pension plan that prevents some retired teachers from returning to the classroom before they turn 65.

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December 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Roundup: Garfield’s Black Student Union finds renewed purpose; ex-UW student deported

Garfield’s Black Student Union finds renewed purpose: Garfield High School’s Black Student Union has been around since the 1960s, but student and staff leaders say the group has found a renewed purpose amid the national outcry over recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. “This is our time, as youth, to speak,” student Issa George said.

High-school guidance counselors overworked (The New York Times): Guidance counselors across the U.S. face an average caseload of 500 students, a number that has remained virtually unchanged for the past 10 years. An April Education Lab story focused on this issue and explored how nonprofit groups are helping to fill the gaps in some cities.

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December 23, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Roundup: Ruling paves way for adjuncts to unionize; accessibility to Catholic colleges questioned

Labor ruling gives PLU adjuncts right to unionize: A decision by the National Labor Relations Board found Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma could not bar its adjunct faculty from forming a union. The ruling could clear the path for adjuncts at other private colleges to unionize.

Catholic colleges among most expensive for poor students (The Hechinger Report): Half of the 10 U.S. colleges with the highest net cost to the poorest students are Catholic, according to a report from the New America Foundation. Critics say the lack of significant financial aid packages conflicts with the church’s teachings on social justice.

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December 17, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Roundup: Edmonds superintendent reprimanded; threats close Issaquah school

Edmonds superintendent reprimanded by school board: The Edmonds School Board reprimanded Superintendent Nick Brossoit earlier this year over two incidents in which he crossed boundaries with district staff. In one case, Brossoit asked an assistant superintendent about the details of a letter of reference she wrote for Brossoit’s wife.

Issaquah school closed after threatening note found on campus: Pacific Cascade Middle School in Issaquah canceled classes Wednesday after a threatening note was found outside a teacher’s classroom. The letter threatened violence against four staff members, the district said.

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