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The Daily Ed: July 5, 2012

Seattle teachers union adopts softer strategy (Seattle Times)
Incoming Seattle Education Association president Jonathan Knapp says that his strategy in leading the union will be one that seeks compromise. “The climate has changed, and we have to be advocates for public education in a way that 20 years ago we didn’t,” he said. “And the way that we do that is building relationships, not by confronting people and saying it’s our way or the highway.”

State schools chief not likely to face heated competition (Everett Herald)
Despite education’s importance in the state’s election season and lukewarm reviews, incumbent Randy Dorn faces little competition for the top education position in Washington.

Voters’ initiative choices distilled (Spokesman-Review)
Of the four initiatives on the ballot, no two will be on the same topic.

Seattle Center’s Next 50 Learning Month explores future of education (Broadway World)
As part of the celebration of the Seattle Center’s 50th anniversary, programming includes predictions from students on what the future of education will look like, discussions with experts on learning, and films on passion, purpose and life-long learning.

Gov. Gregoire writes to complain about WWU raises (Seattle Times)
After hearing that Western Washington University’s new faculty contract includes raises of more than 13 percent over three years for some staff, Gov. Gregoire wrote to Western president Bruce Shepard with “grave concerns” about how the school will afford these raises without increasing student costs.

State audit finds sloppy accounting at Seattle Public Schools (KUOW)
Though auditors are not concerned that money is being lost, they do worry that the district isn’t keeping the best track of its money.

Department of Early Learning starts statewide roll-out of Early Achievers, Washington’s quality rating and improvement system
This week, the Department of Early Learning begins its Early Achievers program, a voluntary program for licensed childcare providers and early learning programs to get free coaching, professional development, and program supports.

North Kitsap School Board looking at more budget cuts (Kitsap Sun)
North Kitsap School District needs to cut $2.3 million from its budget for the next school year, and while no answer is sure, options include reducing staff, student tracking software, or supply budgets in schools and departments.

Twitter to sponsor new programs to get girls into STEM (Education News)
In an eight-week program in New York, female students will get a chance to learn the basics of computer programming and be paired with a female mentor already in the field.

Second Monday of the Week Bonus San Diego’s fireworks show malfunctions
Their fireworks show was a very impressive 15 seconds.

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