The Daily Ed: August 14, 2012

Boys work to fend off ‘ninth grade shock’ (Tacoma News Tribune)
Tacoma’s Male Improvement Program is a summer program that helps prepare boys for their freshman year of high school by teaching them about what to expect in the fall and helping them keep up their academic skills.

Aloha teen and heroic teacher persevere to beat special education label (The Oregonian)
Hanna Plasker is a normal kid with a learning disability. The Oregonian tells her story from struggle to success in school.

Duncan touts Obama’s past ed achievements, future plans (Education News)
As the school year starts, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is using the opportunity to talk up Obama’s education policies.

Paul Ryan’s views and record on higher education (Inside Higher Ed)
Though Vice Presidential candidate has never made strong statements about higher education, his track record on funding gives clues to what his views are on the subject.

Peer-mediation programs possible answer for autistic students in rural communities (Education Week)
A program that empowers autistic students and their peers to support each other in school has been very successful in a rural school in Wisconsin.

Tuesday Bonus Thanks, Textbooks.
It’s the details that make textbooks so wonderful.

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