The Daily Ed: July 31, 2012

School-rules waiver means even more reform (Tacoma News Tribune)
Pressure from the Department of Education has led to Washington putting some real reforms in to play.

2 JBLM elementary schools start year of rebuilding with funding from Norm Dicks initiative (Tacoma News Tribune)
Hillside and Carter Lake Elementary Schools are being replaced on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

To Earn Classroom Certification, More Teaching and Less Testing (New York Times)
Washington state, along with 25 other states, are putting new teacher licensing policies in place that will focus more on instruction and less on tests and essays.

For-Profit Colleges Squander Tax Dollars, Report Says (Business Week)
For Profit schools spend more money on marketing and recruitment than instruction but accounted for a quarter of the Department of Education’s student aid funds and half of all student loan defaults.

Program Shapes the New Faces of Conservation
The Nature Conservancy Program brings urban students of color from around to country to work on environmental projects. As the New York Times reports, “This is an effort to create scientists and engineers who do not look like most of those already in the field.”

Obama’s Educational Successes and Failures Examined (Education News)
According to this report, President Obama has met a good number of his education policy goals.

Tuesday Bonus: Gymnast Aly Raisman’s Parents Reacting to Her Bar Routine
I think Aly’s parents were pretty happy with her performance.

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