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Thousands of Seattle-area students out of school as teachers walk out: Hundreds of teachers from the Seattle, Mercer Island and Issaquah school districts are staging one-day strikes today to protest what they see as a lack of appropriate education funding from the state Legislature. Seattle teachers are marching from Seattle Center to a rally at Westlake Plaza.

Modern dads unlikely to use baby talk, WSU study finds: A new study from Washington State University finds that fathers are unlikely to use baby talk, the practice of talking to babies in a sing-song voice, to communicate with their children, despite the benefits that doing so can have for brain development. Even so, researchers say the way most fathers interact with their young children provides the babies with a connection to the outside world and is just as important.

Teachers test out classroom solutions for fidgety students (NPR): Teachers around the country used social media to tell NPR about various tips and tricks they use for keeping fidgety students on task during class.

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