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Seattle students opt out of Common Core exams: About half of 11th-grade students at Garfield, Roosevelt, Ingraham and Nathan Hale high schools have reportedly opted out of the standardized tests that are linked to new Common Core standards. Many of the juniors already took another test that’s currently required for graduation but is being phased out.

High schools follow graduates to college (The Hechinger Report): High college dropout rates have prompted some high school counselors and teachers to keep track of their graduates even after they start their next life chapter. A poor, first-year college student has about a 1 in 10 chance of earning a bachelor’s degree within six years.

State attorney general sues over student loans (AP): Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against, a private company that’s accused of charging illegally high fees and failing to inform borrowers of their rights.

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