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The Daily Ed: August 9, 2012

GEAR UP program helps students look up (Seattle Times)
Started by a congressman from Philadelphia, the GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant has been helping low income students from across the country go to college.

Naysayers miss point on college-for-all idea (Crosscut)
In an opinion piece for Crosscut, Executive Director of Washington’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board Eleni Papadakis writes, “To create more pathways to success, our higher education system must be capable of enrolling and educating students at any stage in their life and careers, not just directly from high school.”

‘Sunshine’ group rates government websites (The Columbian)
The Sunshine Review, a nonprofit dedicated to transparency in government, rates Washington’s school districts and websites.

Editorial: Candidates for governor should explain how they will balance budget (Spokesman Review)
The Editorial Board for the Spokesman Review believe that when it comes to the budget and education, both gubernatorial candidates are engaging in “wishful thinking.”

Schools chief Dorn sewing up 2nd term early (The Olympian)
As the results from Tuesday’s primary continue to trickle in, Randy Dorn will head in to the November election unopposed.

Volunteers to invite back Kennewick school dropouts (Tri-city Herald)
A new program in Kennewick is helping to reach out to high school dropouts.

Selah teacher wins statewide award (Yakima Herald)
Michelle McCartney from Selah High School is being recognized as Washington state’s Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year.

Teaching Teachers Key to Helping Weak Rural Readers (Education Week)
A new study shows that classroom teachers are the best bet when it comes to helping struggling students in rural areas with reading.

Thursday Bonus: “Rainbow Town” – Written By A Kid Ep 4 Directed by Mike Diva
Film Synopsis: What’s a nice half-vampire-half-girl named Sally McGrease doing in a place like Rainbow Town?

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