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The Daily Ed: August 28, 2012

Kris Perry named new executive director of First Five Years Fund (Sacramento Bee)
Previously the director of First 5 California, Kris Perry takes the helm of the First Five Years Fund. The organization works to promote early learning programs and policies across the United States.

McKenna tries to draw some sharp differences on education (Crosscut)
Now that the primaries are over, gubernatorial candidates take the time to regroup and emphasize their differences, especially when it comes to their plans for education.

Eisenhower Elementary lauded by state (The Columbian)
“Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary is the only school in Clark County to be included on a list of 58 high-performing schools that also house a lot of students from low-income families.”

5 Thurston schools make list of top-performing, improving (The Olympian)
Five Thurston County schools made the list of the state’s high-performing and/or high-improving schools.

Editorial: School time: Get involved, slow down and learn stuff (Tri-City Herald)
The Tri-City Herald offers some simple advice to parents, students and drivers as the start of the school year draws near.

Opinion: Early education benefits continue into adulthood (The Olympian)
Thurston County business leader Michael Cade adds his voice to the chorus for quality early learning programs, citing their positive impact on economic outcomes for students.

Groups form task force to sway teacher-prep rules (Education Week)
On the national stage, teacher preparation is getting a lot of attention, and a group of higher education advocates and organizations is forming to voice their priorities on the issue.

Tuesday Bonus: Parents Rap
“Mom, mom, she’s the bomb!”

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