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One of the hottest races on Seattle’s fall ballot isn't for mayor or city council, but a seat on the Seattle School Board.

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For Tom Jenkins, a senior at the University of Washington and a veteran of the Air Force, the partial government shutdown has caused double stress: He has been furloughed from his part-time job as a reservist, and he may not receive veteran’s benefits.

Washington schools chief Randy Dorn says the time has come to raise taxes to increase funding for public education. And he’s prepared to lead the fight.

Dorn styles himself as a bit of a maverick. He says his job is to make adults uncomfortable. He recently gave the legislature a grade of "incomplete" for its first down payment on a Supreme Court decision that says Washington is not adequately funding public schools.

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Many low-income students rely on need-based scholarships and grants to pay for college. But in recent years, universities across the country — and often states themselves — are turning away from need-based financial aid. Increasingly, they’re awarding student aid based on merit. Nationally, 29 percent of all student aid is now merit based. That number has nearly tripled over the past 20 years.

Catherine Rampell is an economics reporter for The New York Times. She talked with David Hyde about what's behind the trend.

A school district in north Idaho is considering a plan to arm select teachers and staff with concealed handguns. The school board is asking for public comment at a meeting Tuesday in Sandpoint, Idaho.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting last year, officials at the Lake Pend Oreille School District took a look at their own safety procedures. They discovered that, in a similar situation, some of the rural schools in the district would have to wait as long as 20 minutes for police arrive.

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Eleven students have been suspended from Garfield High School while the district investigates their roles in a September 27 hazing incident.

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Eight suspects have been identified so far in the Garfield High School hazing incident that took place last Friday. About 100 students participated in the hazing event at the UW Arboretum. The Seattle Police Department and Garfield High School is combing through the evidence and will be interviewing the victims and suspects to determine the best course of action to take against the suspects.

Hazing is illegal in Washington state, so how do different districts handle hazing? Mike Donlin is the program supervisor at the School Safety Center in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. He explains how the state handles hazing.

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The government's partial shutdown has put many federal benefits at risk, including education benefits for veterans covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. That money goes towards tuition, housing, books and more.  Steve Scher talks with Tom Jenkins, a senior at UW and president of Husky United Military Veterans about how the shutdown is affecting student veterans.

Graduate Says Hazing Is A Part Of Garfield High School Tradition

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When Seattle Police officers and Garfield High School Principal Ted Howard arrived at the Arboretum last Friday afternoon, they found more than 100 Garfield students drinking hard alcohol and beer, dressed up in diapers, covered in shoe polish and being paddled by boards or pelted with eggs.

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Each year the Association of American Medical Colleges asks medical school graduates about their college experience. In 2013, 42 percent of graduates from all schools reported that they experienced mistreatment during med school. One of the most prevalent mistreatment behaviors was public embarrassment or humiliation.

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Last November, Washington became the 42nd state to allow charter schools. Yesterday, the Washington Charter School Commission opened the statewide application process. The voter approved initiative allows for 40 charter schools to open over the next five years. Ross Reynolds talks with Steve Sundquist, Commission chair, about what they're looking for in the charter school applications.

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Last November, Washington became the 42nd state to legalize charter schools. The voter-approved initiative allows for no more than 40 public charter schools to open over a five-year period. The first schools could open as early as next fall.

Next week, the state Charter School Commission will begin sifting through applications from would-be charter school operators. Who are these potential operators? And how might charter schools be different from traditional public schools?

Brenda McDonald is planning principal for the Spokane School District. She’s applying to open Pride Prep in Spokane, which would serve grades 6 through 12.

Kristina Bellamy-McClain is the former principal of Emerson Elementary in Seattle. She’s applying to open a K-8 school in South King County or Tacoma.

They talked with Ross Reynolds.

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University of Washington students head back to campus next week. While the state Legislature did increase funding for the UW and other state colleges and universities, money is still a problem when it comes to higher education. It factors into everything from course offerings to faculty retention. Those are some of the challenges that face University of Washington President Michael Young. He joins us today.

Sarah Waller

Did you grow up in a school that allowed paddling?  Maybe you knew someone who was hit in school – or maybe the idea of corporal punishment seems as antiquated as ink wells.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of Washington’s state-wide ban on corporal punishment in public schools.

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A group of business and civic leaders including Bill Gates Sr. have issued a report calling for the University of Washington to admit more in-state students. They also say the UW needs to recruit more leading academics.

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