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The Daily Ed: July 27, 2012

Struggling West Seattle school gets much needed makeover (KING5)
A heartwarming story about Roxhill Elementary’s makeover thanks to community and T-Mobile volunteers.

New Seattle school superintendent José Banda (KUOW)
In an interview with the new head of Seattle Public Schools, topics include successes, plans for the future, and hot topics in Seattle education like Creative Approach Schools and charters.

Editorial: Odd name, inspiring story (The Columbian)
The Columbian editorial board finds “HeLa High” (named after the HeLa cell line) to be a strange name, but they appreciate the school’s medically-focused programs and its goals.

State head of schools candidate from Bellingham asks voters to overlook character mistakes (Bellingham Herald)
Jack Bauckman, candidate for the Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction, speaks up about some of the controversy around his personal life.

McKenna: An endorsement outside the box? (Seattle PI)
A consortium of aviation businesses endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna, in part because of his focus on STEM education.

Ephrata School Board reviews budget (Columbia Basin Herald)
Ephrata’s school board will vote on its budget next week, which takes into account a projected enrollment of 2,173 students.

Head Start fears impact of potential budget cuts (New York Times)
Head Start supporters worry that gains made for many families in the program will be lost if the automatic budget cuts from last year’s debt deal cannot be avoided.

NC to require arts integration in teacher-prep programs (Education Week)
A new law in North Carolina requires teachers be prepared to integrate arts into their lesson plans.

To help close the achievement gap, address stop-and-frisk (New York Times)
Udi Ofer, advocacy director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, discusses how stop-and-frisk polices attribute to the achievement gap and how changing students’ interactions with police can improve schools.

Friday Bonus: Summer writing, from a kid’s perspective
With all this talk of extending the school year, we thought it’d be a good idea to share a kid’s point of view.

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