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The Daily Ed: May 30, 2012

Judge rules Eyman tax initiative unconstitutional (KOMO News)
LEV and the WEA are successful in our bid to prove that I-1053 is unconstitutional.

Supermajority for taxes unconstitutional, judge rules (Spokesman Review)
“A King County Superior Court judge says requiring a super majority for the Legislature to approve tax increases, as voters have required several times over the past two decades, is unconstitutional.”

Education reformers: Shake up our Legislature (Seattle P-I)
The P-I offers up their analysis on our first round of 2012 endorsements.

Charter ban is holding our schools back (Everett Herald)
In an opinion piece for the Everett Herald, Richard S. Davis writes “Set the bar high and give all students a chance to clear it. There’s nothing radical about an initiative authorizing just 40 public charter schools. With 5,400 public charter schools serving 2 million students nationally, there’s no shortage of examples of how to get it right. It begins by ending the prohibition.”

A-plus Washington offers new way to education reform (Bellingham Herald)
Bellingham teacher, Todd Hausman, tells us why he supports the A+ Washington plan.

Charter school initiative is filed (Mercer Island Reporter)
The Mercer Island Reporter digs in to the charter school initiative and interviews those in favor and those against.

No reprieve for Washington schools under ‘No Child Left Behind’ (KPLU)
What’s the status of Washington’s NCLB waiver?

Bellevue picks schools chief (Seattle Times)
The Bellevue School District selects its new superintendent.

Cuts take scholarships away from state’s top students (Everett Herald)
The Washington Scholars program, which traditionally offers scholarships to top-performing seniors, has been cut for the second year in a row.

Seattle construction levy may include wireless Internet for all schools (Seattle Times)
Voters in Seattle may get to ensure all area schools have wi-fi.

Educators point to funding losses for grad rate drop (Everett Herald)
The Everett School District says there’s a direct correlation between inadequate school funding and a lowered high school graduation rate.

Wednesday Bonus: Devastating Explosions
In need of explosions? We got you covered.

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