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5 things to know this Thursday

Teacher strike; Debt cancelation; How Biden can cancel loan debt; Honoring Olalla couple; Wine education programs.

SEATTLE —

Kent teachers strike delays first day of school

Tuesday was supposed to be the first day of school in the Kent School District, but it was delayed due to a teacher strike. 

According to the Kent School District website, high school and middle school offices and the district central office will remain open. They are also continuing high school sports programs. All elementary and middle school activities are postponed until further notice. Meal service will resume when school begins.

The Kent Education Association said union members have been "surprised and disappointed that the district has repeatedly floated several anti-union proposals, including language on discrimination."

Educators are seeking a "modest pay increase" among other issues, which the union claims the district has enough money to fund. Read more

Biden's student loan debt cancellation to impact hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians

President Joe Biden's student debt relief program could impact hundreds of thousands of borrowers in Washington state. 

According to US Department of Education data and federal officials, more than 782,000 borrowers in Washington state owe a total of $28.2 billion in federal student loan debt. Borrowers currently making under $125,000 are eligible for partial cancellation under the plan. Federal officials say more than 248,000 borrowers have balances of $10,000 or less. 

In a statement Wednesday, Senator Patty Murray called the move a "milestone moment for borrowers," noting additional support for extra relief for Pell Grant recipients. Read more

How is Biden able to forgive student loans?

How is President Biden able to cancel up to $10,000 in student loans for Americans, and most importantly what legal challenges could the program face? 

The Justice Department released a legal opinion on Wednesday saying that the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act allows the Secretary of Education the “authority to reduce or eliminate the obligation to repay the principal balance of federal student loan debt.”  

Also known as the HEROES act, the legislation is a post-9/11 law that provides the authority to grant relief from student loan requirements during specific periods, such as a war or national emergency. Find out more

Slain Olalla couple honored for their impact on Peninsula brewing community with special beer

The owner of Bremerton brewery is making a special brew to honor an Olalla couple killed on their property last week.

Linda Seymour, the owner of Deep Draft Brewing, knew Steve and Mina Shulz for nearly a decade and is keeping their memory alive the way she knows best, with a new brew.

Steve and Mina owned E2W Brewing, where Mina was the master brewer.

“They were so generous and fun and kind and they didn't have a bad thing to say about anybody,” Seymour remembered. Read more

Washington state's wine education programs produce industry leaders

If you're interested in growing grapes and studying the art of winemaking, you do not have to leave Washington state to get your degree or certification.

Washington is the second largest wine-producing state in the U.S., according to WashingtonWine.org. It has also produced thousands of industry leaders thanks to education programs across the state. Read more

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