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June 14, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Scholarship named for SPU hero who stopped shooter

The Associated Press The president of Seattle Pacific University announced at the school’s graduation ceremony that a scholarship has been named for the hero who stopped a fatal shooting on campus earlier this month. President Daniel Martin told graduates on Saturday, including Jon Meis, that an engineering scholarship will be given in his honor. Students and their…


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May 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

WSU graduate wears wedding gown under robe

PULLMAN (AP) — With friends and family already gathered for her graduation from Washington State University, Cassie Dotts thought it would be a good time for another ceremony — her wedding. She married University of Idaho fisheries science graduate Ben Ho in a ceremony on Friday in Moscow, Idaho. Then she received her doctorate in…


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April 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

New option available for seniors to meet math requirement

The 3,730 high-school seniors who have passed state tests in reading and writing, but have yet to meet the state’s new math graduation requirement, will be able to submit a second portfolio of work. Up until this year, students could submit only one portfolio per subject, unless they came very close to passing the first time.  But the Office of Superintendent of…


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April 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

About 3,700 seniors have yet to meet new math graduation requirement

This year is the first year that high-school seniors must pass a state math test or an alternative to graduate, and as of today, about 3,730 have yet to do so. Last month, that number stood at about 8,000, but about half of those students have since learned that they met the requirement by receiving a high enough…


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December 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Dorn wants to limit state’s graduation tests

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn wants to continue to require Washington high-school students to pass just three exams to graduate, and urges state legislators to cancel plans that call for five such tests by 2015. Students  in the class of 2013 must pass exams in reading, writing, and one end-of-course test in math.  For the class…


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November 26, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Washington’s high school graduation rates below average

In a new, preliminary look at high-school graduation rates across the country, Washington state, at 76 percent, tied for 32nd along with California, Utah and West Virginia. This is the first time that all states have used the same method to calculate how many freshmen graduate four years after they enter high school.   In the past, different states…


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June 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Seattle’s Sodo district may see worst traffic on busy weekend

An activity-filled weekend could provide traffic challenges around town, particularly in the Sodo area, warns the Seattle Transportation Department. The biggest crunch could come Saturday, when the University of Washington holds its commencement ceremony at CenturyLink Field from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the Mariners play the Los Angeles Dodgers at Safeco Field at 4:15 p.m. Four garages…


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