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Education

Betsy DeVos approves Washington state’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan

The approval of Washington’s plan to fulfill the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act comes after more than a year of work by state education officials, months of waiting and a few revisions of the original draft plan, which was submitted in September 2017.

About Education Lab

Education Lab is a Seattle Times project that spotlights promising approaches to some of the most persistent challenges in public education.

Health

Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel

Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel. The retail giant announced Wednesday that it will provide the packets free with opioid prescriptions filled at its 4,700 U.S. pharmacies. The small packets, made by DisposeRX, contain a powder that is poured...

Environment

McDonald’s sets recycling goals for 2025

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it aims to use all recycled or other environmentally friendly materials for its soda cups, Happy Meal boxes and other packaging by 2025. The world's biggest burger chain also wants all of its 37,000 restaurants worldwide to recycle customer waste by that year. It has a ways to go:...

Science

Motion-sensing cameras capture candid wildlife shots

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — How does a bighorn sheep say "cheese?" Some charismatic critters caught by motion-detecting wildlife cameras seem to know how to strike a pose. But it's not just show business. As these devices get ever smaller, cheaper and more reliable, scientists across the U.S. are using them to document elusive creatures like...  VIEW