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Almost all Garfield juniors refuse to take new Smarter Balanced tests: Ninety-five percent of juniors at Garfield High School are opting out of the new standardized exams that are tied to Common Core, saying the tests, which don’t count toward graduation, are a waste of time. About 95 percent of juniors at Ballard High School have also opted out, along with 80 percent at Roosevelt and Ingraham high schools and 100 percent of juniors at Nathan Hale High School.

Teacher who grabbed student shooter said he was prompted to act by students running (AP): North Thurston High School teacher Brady Olson addressed the media and described the harrowing moments on Monday when he grabbed and held down a student shooter. “I saw kids fleeing. It kind of fired me up to do something, and I did it,” he said.

Baltimore rallies around free lunches (Mashable): People and businesses in Baltimore are stepping up to serve students free lunches while schools are closed due to ongoing riots and protesting.

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