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The Daily Ed: August 20, 2012

Editorial: State PTA should rethink opposition to charter school initiative (Seattle Times)
The Seattle Times Editorial Board suggests the Washington State Parent Teacher Association reconsider its opposition to Initiative 1240 in part because the Initiative will help spur parent involvement.

5 Tacoma preschools target lower income families (Tacoma News Tribune)
“Five new free half-day preschools for kids from low-income neighborhoods will open in Tacoma schools this September.”

For Vancouver, Evergreen schools painless budgets (The Columbian)
For the first time in years, the two largest school districts in Clark County were able to pass their budgets without major cuts.

Another challenging year for school financial planners (Kitsap Sun)
Districts in Kitsap County look for creative ways to fill gaps as enrollment decreases and state cuts continue to make an impact on schools’ funding.

Education’s digital divide more about bandwidth than computer hardware (Denver Post)
Without a fast enough internet connection, the power of many online learning tools is impossible for students to harness–a problem that disproportionately affects rural students.

Obama renews call for aid to halt teacher layoffs (Seattle Times)
In reaction to a study that found that 300,000 education jobs have been lost since 2009, President Obama pressed Congress to provide aid to states to prevent teacher layoffs and support other education jobs.

Student loans can dent retirees’ Social Security
A new report has found thousands of cases of the federal government withholding Social Security funds from people who have stopped repaying their student loans. One expert calls student loans “the only consumer loan out there that people cannot get rid of.”

Monday Bonus We’re NASA and we know it
“Kickin’ it at my con(sole), this is what I see
Data streaming back from Curiosity
I got stars on my ‘hawk
and I ain’t afraid to show it
We’re NASA and we know it”

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