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The Daily Ed: August 23, 2012

The Evergreen State College listed as one of best in U.S. (Seattle Times)
In its annual ranking of colleges across the U.S., the Princeton Review named Evergreen State College as one of the best in the nation, specifically for its excellent academic program.

Opinion: Improve early learning with a child-care rating system (Seattle Times)
Bette Hyde, Director of the Washington State Department of Early Learning, argues that parents and childcare providers have a unique opportunity to help kids get a strong start by using the Early Achievers childcare rating system.

When it comes to charter schools, the PTA board knows best (Crosscut)
Despite the membership of the state PTA twice voting to support charter schools, the PTA board has chosen not to provide its support for I-1240, the Washington Public Charter Schools Initiative.

Washington’s class of 2012 ACT exam scores are up slightly (The Olympian)
The average score for Washington students taking the ACT college entrance exam increased slightly this year, as did the number of students who took the exam. Washington’s ACT scores are above the national average, though that may be partially attributed to the relatively small percentage of students who take the ACT in the state.

Years after elimination, sports teams set to return to Tacoma middle schools (Tacoma News Tribune)
Thanks to new revenue generated by advertising on district scoreboards and rebates from businesses working with the district, Tacoma will be able to offer a variety of sports at the C-team, junior varsity, and varsity level to students.

Spokane School Board approves new science institute building (Spokesman Review)
The Spokane School Board has decided to move ahead with several school construction improvement projects after other bond construction projects had lower than expected costs.

Getting a jump on the school year (The Columbian)
The Columbian profiles a day in the district’s Jump Start program, showing how the program prepares kindergarten students for success in the upcoming year.

Poll: Attitudes soften over children of illegal immigrants (USA Today)
An annual, nation-wide survey on attitudes toward education in the U.S. has found that Americans are more accepting of educating children of undocumented immigrants, that most know and have confidence in public school teachers, and that most believe the achievement gap must be closed without lowering standards for all students.

Sides dig in as Chicago teachers strike looms (Boston Globe)
Disagreements between the Chicago school district and the teachers’ union over pay and the length of the school day are causing strife about whether the school year will start on time.

Thursday Bonus: Meet Anthony
This enterprising 24 year old with autism is starting his own delivery business.

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