The Daily Ed: July 17th, 2012

Charter schools central issue in 3-way race (Everett Herald)
The Everett Herald digs in to the differences between the three candidates running for State Senate in the 1st legislative district, including LEV endorsed Dawn McCravey.

UW joins Stanford, others; will offer free online classes (Seattle Times)
The University of Washington will offer free courses through Coursera, joining the ranks of other universities such as Stanford, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Work fun into learning (Everett Herald)
According to the Everett Herald, one way to avoid the “summer slide” is to make learning fun.

Kennewick School Board to review grading policy, including standards-based grading
(Tri City Herald)
“The Kennewick School Board will review possible changes to the district’s grading policy Wednesday night that include elements of standards-based grading.”

Students explore aerospace careers at BBCC (Columbia Basin Herald)
Students from Spokane participated in a 12 day camp to learn all about careers in aerospace from welding, maintenance, and even piloting.

Reserves tapped to balance Ellensburg School District budget (Daily Record)
The Ellensburg School Board approved a budget for the 2012-2013 school year with expenditures that exceed revenue by $1.3 million.

U.S. Producing Too Few STEM Graduates (Education News)
Columnist Julia Lawrence argues that the U.S. needs to do more to encourage STEM in the classroom.

The weight of the city’s violence, on one school principal (WBEZ Radio)
Leonetta Sanders, principal at Harper High School in the South Side of Chicago, reflects on the incredibly violent past few months that have left 27 former and current students shot, leaving eight dead.

Charter school operator Steve Barr to partner with L.A. Unified (Los Angeles Times)
Steve Barr, the founder of the successful and unionized Green Dot Schools, will be partnering with the Los Angeles Unified School District to create new schools.

Tueday Bonus: After Some Prodding, POTUS and FLOTUS Share Tender Moment on Kiss Cam

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