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This post has been updated to say that seven people were arrested at the Westlake camp-in protests this morning, not eight as we originally reported. The eighth arrest at Westlake was on an unrelated matter.

1. The Seattle Police Department began making arrests this morning at Westlake Center—seven arrests— after ordering Occupy Seattle protesters to take down their tents.

The brick plaza between Pike and Pine Streets at Westlake was transformed into a sea of tents on Sunday as protesters defied the no camping order from the mayor. The city has offered the plaza outside city hall as a camp site for protesters. Some protesters have taken the city up on the offer, but hundreds camped out in Westlake this weekend.

The protests filled out into  massive rally on Saturday between Pike and Pine Streets on 4th Avenue in front of Chase Bank.

"We're telling people they need to move their tents," Seattle Police Department spokesman Mark Jamieson told PubliCola this morning as police moved in. "Some people are defying that order."

Jamieson said police were warning protesters they could be arrested if they did not remove their tents.

The official Occupy Seattle Twitter account claims "7 or 8" people had been arrested as of 7:45 am.

SPD confirmed for Fizz that seven people had been arrested.

2. King County Council member Jane Hague, who's in a tough race for reelection against challenger Richard Mitchell, a Mercer Island attorney, has reportedly canceled several joint events with Mitchell, including two interviews with the Seattle Times editorial board, two interviews with KING-5's Robert Mak, an interview with the Greater Seattle Business Association, the gay and lesbian business group, and an interview with Q-13's C.R. Douglas. At least one of those interviews, with Douglas, was rescheduled, and the Times interview was reportedly going to be rescheduled.

Hague was involved in bike accident during a wine country charity bike ride on September 25, when she apparently kept going straight while all the other cyclists turned left. She ran into another cyclist from behind, injuring the other cyclist and sending Hague to the hospital for two nights. Her campaign has not responded to a request for more information about the cancellations or the accident.[pullquote]The apple to apple comparison of cost, per textbook, will be about $6 for Open Education Resources instead of $120-plus for proprietary, commercial textbooks.[/pullquote]

3. State Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-36, Queen Anne, Ballard) thinks he's found a way to save money in the K-12 education budget. He's not proposing laying off more teachers. He's proposing  using open source text book resources.

With anecdotes about his 9th grade daughter's anachronistic—and expensive—book load, he introduced the idea on his blog on Friday.
I plan to introduce comprehensive legislation in 2012 to change the state of Washington’s model with respect to K-12 textbooks. Rather than blindly sending $64 million to 295 districts as a general model without regard to content, quality or other factors, I propose that we hold back a small piece of that allocation in order to access the highest quality Open Educational Resources in the world and train our teachers, administrators and districts how to access this extraordinary and extremely low cost resource. The details will be announced closer to the January legislative session.

The apple to apple comparison of cost, per textbook, will be about $6 for Open Education Resources instead of $120-plus for proprietary, commercial textbooks. For my daughter’s Geometry, World Literature, Biology and other courses, the total cost will hover around $24 instead of $500. Why $6? That’s about the cost of photocopying the pages into an open textbook. And our friends from Utah present some compelling data that even suggest the product itself works better. The content is, by an large, free. Let’s say, for the sake of making it interesting, that I’m off by 3x and the true cost is $72 to incorporate additional costs of training districts. When you have 1,034,153 students in total and a very large number of them in 6-12 grades where textbooks are most prevalent, that amounts to real savings.
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