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Senate Democrats propose capital-gains tax to pay for education: Democrats in the state Senate want to introduce a capital-gains tax that would raise an estimated $1.7 billion through 2019 for K-12 education. The money would go toward raising teacher compensation statewide, a change that would reduce the need for local levies.

UW law school introduces fellowship to support minority students: Ex-governor Chris Gregoire is partnering with the University of Washington to offer a fellowship program targeted at minority law students. Gregoire Fellows will include nine students each year; they will be guaranteed summer internships at local law firms and receive mentoring and help studying for the bar exam.

Redmond teacher inducted into national hall of fame (KING 5): Brigitte Tennis, a teacher at Stella Schola Middle School in Redmond, is the first Washington state teacher in more than 20 years to be inducted into the National Teacher Hall of Fame.

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