The Daily Ed: August 6, 2012

New Seattle schools chief hopes to trim $1 billion levy amount (KING5)
Seattle Superintendent José Banda says he is looking for ways to lower the amount the schools will be asking voters for in the upcoming levy.

For education, there is a plan (Wenatchee World)
The Editorial Board of the Wenatchee World adds its voice to the growing support for the A+ Washington Plan.

Number of homeless students grows in Washington (Seattle PI)
The percentage of homeless students in Washington has doubled in a five-year span according to a report by Columbia Legal Services.

Federal Way school honored for green ways (Tacoma News Tribune)
Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn honored four Washington schools for their commitment to environmentally friendly practices.

Fewer police officers at Snohomish County’s schools (Everett Herald)
Due to budget constraints, Snohomish County schools have cut some school resource officer positions.

Duncan on reform on and back to school (AP)
An interview with Arne Duncan touches on his views on the Common Core, charter schools and parental involvement.

New Oregon school ratings show familiar patterns but highlight little-known ‘model’ schools (The Oregonian)
Oregon has changed the way it evaluates its schools’ performance, but has found that focusing on student improvement instead of standardized test scores yields very similar rankings in schools.

Feeling the heat, AFT’s reform resolve waivers (Education Week)
Tension internally and externally about the direction and goals of the union is causing turmoil in the American Federation of Teachers.

Monday Bonus: One race, every medalist ever in the men’s 100-meter sprint
Speedier and speedier.

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