Beijing university partners with UW on new graduate program: The University of Washington and a top Chinese university are partnering together to bring a new Master of Science in Technology Innovation program to Bellevue. The degree has ties to computer science and engineering but will include elements of many other disciplines. Microsoft is donating $40 million to jump start the effort; no state funds are being used.
First Place charter school gets more time to fix problems: The state commission governing charter schools voted 4-3 Thursday to give First Place Scholars more time to fix its problems and remain open. The commissioners said the school — the state’s first charter school — has made some progress since they first raised concerns about it nine months ago.
Accreditors seldom come down on struggling colleges (Wall Street Journal): An analysis from the Wall Street Journal finds that accreditors lack consistency when it comes to enforcing standards for graduation and student loan default rates.
Tough tests for teachers, with questions of bias (The New York Times)