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Schools nationwide confront substitute teacher shortage (AP): School districts across the country are having trouble finding substitute teachers, and some are blaming an improved job market. In Washington, some officials think the state’s pension policy might be contributing to the problem.

Alaska may leave UW-led medical school consortium: Declining oil revenues have led lawmakers in Alaska to propose phasing out the state’s participation in a medical school program known as WWAMI. The collaboration enables students from five states that do not have medical schools of their own to pursue some early medical training at their home universities before completing medical school at the University of Washington.

Bellingham School District decides against schedule changes (The Bellingham Herald): School officials in Bellingham have decided not to delay start times for high school students because doing so would require elementary start times to move up by 45 minutes — a change many parents opposed. “The elementary start time, for many families, just didn’t seem worth it,” Superintendent Greg Baker said.

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