January 22, 2018
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Federal government briefly shuts down; Congress approves short-term extension

The federal government shut down at midnight Saturday morning, but a deal quickly voted into play today will fund governmental operations for the next few weeks. Senate Democrats agreed today to join Republicans to extend governmental funding through Feb. 8 in exchange for assurances that Republicans would take up a larger immigration measure.

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Education Secretary DeVos approves Washington state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan

After a year of work by state education officials, Washington's plan to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act has received federal approval.

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Key Workforce Education

Help community colleges meet job training needs

By The Editorial Board of The (Everett) Herald

The state's 34 community and technical colleges are playing an indispensable role in educating and preparing students for further study and advanced degrees at universities but also for more immediate jobs with employers throughout the state, particularly in manufacturing and other trades.

With some 740,000 job openings in the state expected over the next five years -- and more than half of those requiring post-high school education and training -- community and technical colleges represent the best option for many of those students...

Read the full editorial in The Herald
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