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Lawmakers take on levy reform with three competing proposals: Ideas on how to reform Washington’s local levy system have surfaced late in the session, with no less than three separate plans currently up for debate in Olympia. The proposals stem from requirements in the McCleary decision, which found that school districts are relying on local levies too much.

Researchers find poor kids have smaller brains than affluent ones (The Washington Post): Neuroscientists who studied brain scans of more than 1,000 young people between the ages of 3 and 20 found a link between the surface area of the cerebral cortex and family income. The researchers have have not determined why this occurs but theorized the differences could be caused by a lack in nutrition or higher family stress during brain development.

Keyboard instruction returns to classroom as students prepare for tests (AP): Teachers and students across the country are working to acquire the technology skills they need to successfully complete new computer-based standardized tests tied to Common Core.

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