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Washington’s ‘historic’ tuition cuts set it apart from other states: Under the new state budget, Washington’s four-year public colleges will be cutting tuition by 15-20 percent before 2016, a move that could attract attention from other states. “There’s a whole new generation of people with student debt right now, and state lawmakers are starting to recognize that,” said Thomas Harnisch of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Questions remain surrounding state budget and McCleary: A last-minute budget agreement is expected to bring smaller class sizes, cost-of-living pay increases for teachers, and several other improvements to education. But some say the additional $1.3 billion in K-12 funding doesn’t go far enough toward satisfying the requirements of the McCleary court decision.

Spending time in nature is good for your brain, study finds (The Washington Post): A new cognitive neuroscience study out of Stanford has found that individuals who spent 90 minutes walking through a natural area were less likely to have negative, depressing thoughts than those who spent the time walking along a busy road in downtown Palo Alto.

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