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Teacher salaries vary widely in Washington state: Teacher compensation is a hot issue in Olympia as lawmakers work through budget negotiations tied to the landmark McCleary case. As things currently stand, local levies lead to salary differences of up to $10,000 between districts.

Evergreen State College works to move past hippie reputation: At 44 years old, Evergreen State College is nearing middle age and moving past its reputation as a hippie school without structure or rigor. President Les Purce is preparing to depart after 15 years, and his successor George Bridges wants to make the school a household name.

Data collection in schools goes beyond test scores (The New York Times): Districts around the country are using data to keep track of everything from school bus routes to classroom cleanliness.

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State in ‘weird place’ trying to alter reliance on school levies

Report: Washington has too few kids in quality preschool (AP)

Civics teacher turns arrest into classroom lesson (NPR)