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Elson Floyd, WSU’s ‘visionary’ president, dies: Washington State University President Elson Floyd passed away Saturday, just a few weeks after taking medical leave to receive treatment for colon cancer. Floyd, 59, had been president of WSU for eight years and is remembered as an influential leader who worked to make the university accessible to more students and championed the successful bid for a new WSU medical school in Spokane.

Texas decriminalizes school truancy (CBS Local): Texas has passed legislation that ends the practice of jailing students with unexcused absences from school. Truancy will now be considered a civil offense there, making Wyoming the only state where skipping school is a crime.

Bronx teacher finds balance in ultramarathons (The New York Times): Keila Merino, one of the country’s most elite ultramarathon runners, finds common themes between long-distance running and the challenges of teaching in a high-poverty elementary school in the Bronx.

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Correction: An earlier version of this post misspelled Elson Floyd’s first name.