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The Daily Ed: July 3, 2012

Well-funded charter-school initiative has nearly enough signatures to make ballot (Seattle Times)
“Sponsors of an initiative to allow charter schools in Washington say they have almost enough signatures to qualify for the ballot — a speedy effort aided by nearly $2 million in donations from a handful of high-profile supporters.”

In Our View: Students Sigh With Relief (The Columbian)
The Editorial Board for the Columbian has this to say about Congress preserving the student loan rate, “Fortunately, two days before deadline, Congress came to its senses on Friday and approved legislation that preserves the 3.4 percent interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans for undergraduate students.”

Collaboration to improve reading brings award to 8 local cities (Seattle Times)
The cities of Seattle, Auburn, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila were nationally recognized for their work as a part of the Road Map Project.

Pre-paid tuition program could lose financial stability (Tacoma News Tribune)
If state colleges change tuition costs for more expensive degrees, it could negatively affect the GET program.

Central Kitsap schools to get flight simulators as part of $2.5M grant (Kitsap Sun)
Looking to rally excitement around STEM, four classrooms in the Central Kitsap area will get flight simulator make-overs.

The Times recommends: Re-elect Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn (Seattle Times)
The Editorial Board over at the Seattle Times continues to release endorsements. Today, it’s Randy Dorn for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Bellingham School Board approves 1.4 percent cut in spending (Bellingham Herald)
The Bellingham School Board unanimously voted to approve a budget that cuts school spending by around $1.4 million.

USA’s top teachers union losing members (USA Today)
The NEA estimates that by 2014, they could lose 16 percent of their membership.

Illinois pressured to push up teacher evaluations (Chicago News Tribune)
The Department of Education and the state of Illinois clash over when to implement new teacher evaluation laws.The state planned for four years, the Ed Department wants it in two.

Career test for kindergarteners in the works (Boston Globe)
The folks behind the ACT are developing a new digital tool that will “tracks students’ career interests, academic performance and progress toward goals” starting in Kindergarten. It will not be mandatory.

Biden Says Teachers ‘Under Full Blown Assault’ from Romney (ABC News)
Vice President Joe Biden addresses members of the NEA, questions Mitt Romney’s knowledge of education issues.

The crucial need to hold students to a higher standard (The Week)
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist writes in support of implementing Common Core Standards.

Tuesday Bonus: Classical Music Flash Mob in Spain
I guess not all flash mobs have to involve “Thriller.”

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