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High-school dropout becomes academic star at South Seattle College: South Seattle College student David Yama was honored this month as one of the top community-college scholars in the nation by honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Yama, 30, dropped out of high school at age 14 and worked a long series of odd jobs before making the commitment to return to school.

Sedro-Wolley School Board says planned teacher strike is ‘illegal’ (AP): The school board in the small Skagit County city of Sedro-Wolley passed a resolution on Monday saying a planned one-day teacher strike was illegal. The local teachers union says a Wednesday strike will go on as planned despite the vote.

When admitted students aren’t ready for college (The New York Times): An offer of admission doesn’t guarantee a student is ready for college, writes psychologist Lisa Damour. She advises parents to look for warning signs that their children might face emotional hurdles adjusting to college life, especially if they will be living far from home.

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