ELLENSBURG — The Central Washington Board of Trustees announced the appointment of the university’s 15th president, Dr. Jim Wohlpart, Thursday, after an extensive search that included listening sessions with students, alumni, faculty and board members.

WENATCHEE — It’s not unusual for school districts to have a bus driver shortage — at the beginning of the school year. But when the shortage happens in the middle of the school year, you can bet it is pandemic-related.

CHICAGO — More than half of Chicago Public Schools teachers who were expected to return to schools Monday did not show up, CEO Janice Jackson said.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Miguel Cardona, the Connecticut schools chief who has advocated for reopening schools amid the coronavirus crisis, as his pick for secretary of education, a person familiar with the matter said.

ELLENSBURG — The first program in the nation that will recognize work and apprenticeship experience to earn a bachelor’s degree is launching through a partnership between Central Washington University and Renton Technical College, according to the lieutenant governor’s office.

OLYMPIA — The day after Gov. Jay Inslee nudged Washington's school districts to reopen their buildings, he asked lawmakers for $400 million to mitigate what's become known as learning loss — despite not knowing how much students have fallen behind.

CASHMERE — When students at Cashmere High School came back to school three weeks ago, Principal Tony Boyle thought they would be all over each other having not seen one another in so long. But that has not been the case as they've respected each other's space, per COVID-19 protocols. 

EAST WENATCHEE — Like other school districts around the state, Eastmont is feeling the pinch when it comes to bus drivers. Some older drivers are choosing not to drive due to COVID-19 risks.

EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont School District will move away from an AM/PM schedule once secondary students start coming to campus. In this new schedule, students would go to full-day school every other day instead of half-day every day with the AM/PM schedule.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court refused to question school district policies that let transgender students use bathrooms aligned with their gender identity, rejecting an appeal from parents who said the privacy rights of other students are being violated.

EAST WENATCHEE — The first four weeks of online school for the Eastmont freshmen was not looking good. By the fourth week, district staff received the demoralizing news that 241 freshmen were failing at least one class.

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