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Education May Cut Dementia Risk, Study Finds

The risk of developing dementia is decreasing for people with at least a high school education, according to an important new study that suggests that changes in lifestyle and improvements in physical health can help prevent or delay cognitive decline. The study, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, provides the strongest evidence to date that a more educated population and better cardiovascular health are contributing to a

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I-1351 vs. 2-year colleges — and much else

Initiative 1351, which passed narrowly this month, was a smart bomb aimed squarely at Washington’s higher education and social welfare systems. The initiative ordered the Legislature to pump immense amounts of money into additional staff at the state’s public schools - $4.7 billion just through 2019. Yet it provided no revenues to do it, guaranteeing that the money would have to be diverted from other priorities. It even threatens to hamstring

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Congestion at ports rattles growers, importers and truckers

ressure is mounting for terminal operators and West Coast unions to reach an agreement so container shipping in Seattle, Tacoma and other ports can return to normal. Meanwhile, food containers are at risk of rotting, trucks are idle, and goods destined for holiday shoppers are stuck. http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2025004702_portslowdownsxml.html

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State’s top educator aims to energize teacher recruitment Posted by Claudia Rowe

A familiar storyline for teachers is that the newest are brimming with idealism, the more seasoned struggling not to burn out. But after nine years on the job at Lawton Elementary School in Seattle, Lyon Terry’s combination of energy and experience were notable enough that last spring a parent nominated him to be Washington state’s Teacher of the Year.   http://blogs.seattletimes.com/educationlab/2014/09/23/state-educator-of-the-year-aims-to-energize-teacher-recruitment/

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State Board of Education: New revenue needed to pay for schools

Yet another state educational agency is telling lawmakers that they’ll have to come up with new tax money to fully fund public schools. The State Board of Education this month took the unusual step of telling the Legislature that there’s no way the state can fully fund basic education without new revenue. Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/09/22/3393664_state-board-of-education-new-revenue.html?sp=/99/296/331/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

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Editorial: Effort to preserve military’s presence in Washington vital

Washington lived a charmed life while other states lost thousands of jobs during rounds of military base closings in the 1980s and 1990s. The charm may be wearing off...Washington has 10 military installations, most clustered in the Puget Sound area. They have survived because of the vigilance of key members of Washington’s congressional delegation, and geography: Washington is the closest Lower 48 state to Asia, a theater toward which the United

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WSU Extension celebrates 100 years of service and expanding water and natural resource programs

When most people think of Washington State University Extension, programs such 4-H, Master Gardeners and support for the agricultural community and families come to mind. Many of these programs have been in place since the local office was established in 1917. One of the lesser known roles and values of Extension is its ability to respond to new challenges and issues facing the counties where our offices are located. http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/06/3828880_wsu-extension-celebrates-100-years.html?sp=/99/122/291/&rh=1

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Don’t gut social services to satisfy McCleary ruling

All children in Washington should have the opportunity to succeed in well-funded, high quality schools. However, for many families without access to a home, food or health care, this opportunity diminishes substantially. Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/08/17/3332975/dont-gut-social-services-to-satisfy.html?sp=/99/447/1290/#storylink=cpy

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Where are Washington’s K-12 dollars? Just ask Microsoft shareholders

In June, the Washington State Supreme Courtordered the Legislature to appear on September 3rd to explain why it hasn't found the revenue to fully fund the education reforms required by its McCleary ruling, reportedly as much as $7.83 billion through 2019. http://crosscut.com/2014/08/22/education/121586/where-money-k-12-washington-just-ask-microsoft/?page=single

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Hard Work Deserves Fair Pay

Minimum-wage workers across America need a pay raise. They could use the cash and so could the economy that would immediately receive every penny. Helping those on the lowest income rung does more good than that endlessly recycled shibboleth about tax cuts for the wealthiest empowering the economy. Yeah, prove it. Seattle’s internecine debate over a $15 minimum wage stalled Wednesday, but was revived Thursday by Mayor Ed Murray. I will concede

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Senior Citizens Going to College

Senior citizens and college? In one's older years, the idea of going to, or returning to, college can sound exciting and intimidating at the same time. Whether considering attending a 2-year community college, a 4-year college, or university, senior citizens wishing to take college classes will be happy to hear they will not be the only older folk on campus. Seniors are also welcome in online college programs. For More, see  http://suite101.com/article/senior-citizens-going-to-college-a51308

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Education, Jobs and Volunteerism for Seniors

Most people will spend up to 1/3 of their life in retirement, depending on the age at which they choose to stop working full-time. Research has shown that staying engaged in retirement can result in better health and a prolonged life. Some of the ways satisfied retirees stay engaged after retirement are through education, part time work, and volunteering.   For More, see http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Seniors/Education.shtml

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Senior Citizens Going to College

University Courses, Online Degree Programs and Education for Seniors, see Seniors Going to College

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