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The Daily Ed: August 16, 2012

Wash. STEM makes $1.2 in new education grants (Seattle PI)
Washington STEM, a statewide nonprofit, announced $1.2 million in new grants to encourage better science, technology, engineering and math teaching and to help teachers in classrooms around the state.

Opinion: Early education is a sound investment (The Olympian)
Jon Tunheim, the Thurston County prosecuting attorney, makes the case for early learning as a crime prevention tool.

Editorial: For-profit colleges are wasting public funds (Spokesman Review)
The Editorial Board of the Spokesman Review weighs in on for-profit colleges, emphasizing that no taxpayer money should be going straight into the pockets of the heads of these schools.

Feedback required before switch made on grading systems in Kennewick schools (Tri-City Herald)
The Kennewick School District will now require principals to give teachers at least two opportunities to provide feedback before switching to a new grading system. According to the Herald, “Board members were motivated to make grading in the district more transparent and equitable and ensure students were learning class material.”

Grandview School District expenditures about half a million more than anticipated 2012-13 revenues (Daily Sun News)
Despite continued cuts and reductions in pay, the Grandview School District anticipates a shortfall for the 2012-2013 school year.

Job losses persist for less well educated (New York Times)
A study from Georgetown University shows the stark reality for people with a high school diploma or less when it comes to finding employment.

Pilot high schools post AP test gains in Legacy initiative (Denver Post)
A pilot program in Colorado that encourages more students to take AP courses in an effort to enroll a more diverse student population in the courses is seeing positive results.

Algebra can be taught as basic software programming (Education News)
Creative approaches to algebra can keep kids engaged and prepare them for a future in tech careers.

Thursday Bonus Everything you’ll ever need to know about napping
Next time you feel the need for a mid-afternoon snooze, remember that science approves.

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