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The Daily Ed: June 15, 2012

Washington Education Association objects to ballot title on proposed charter school Initiative 1240 (Tacoma News Tribune)
WEA challenges the language proposed for Initiative 1240 and counters with its own. Get a preview of the proposed changes before this morning’s court hearing in Thurston County.

Startup guru Janis Machala named dean of Bellevue College (Geekwire)
Bellevue College taps the startup consultant and tech entrepreneur to run its programs, and she’s confident she can make a difference.

Free private school education coming to low income kids (KING 5)
A new Catholic school opening in Central Seattle will offer a free, STEM-focused, extended day and year education to 60 students starting this fall.

Opinion: Education is the ‘Great Equalizer’ (Edmonds Beacon)
The president of the Association of Washington Businesses makes the case for a strong education system in Washington, and points out why businesses should, and do, care.

Study: Early spatial learning promotes math competency (Education Week)
A new study from researchers at the University of Chicago found that students with strong spatial skills at the beginning of first grade had much stronger math skills by the end of second grade, suggesting that strengthening spatial skills early can lead to more successful math students.

Education trumps immigration among top-tier issues for Latino voters (Huffington Post)
Eighty-eight percent of Latino voters said improving K-12 education should be a priority to states and local governments.

Opinion: STEM education is the key to U.S.’s economic future (U.S. News)
“Too many students and adults are training for jobs in which labor surpluses exist and demand is low, while high-demand jobs, particularly those in STEM fields, go unfilled.”

Super Sunny Friday Bonus
Conan writes Chicago Blues songs with school kids
Life can be tough, even when you’re in first grade. Sometimes you just have to sing about it.

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