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The Daily Ed: September 4, 2012

Charter-school groups eyeing Washington (Seattle Times)
As voters consider the initiative to allow public charter schools into Washington, charter school management organizations consider expansion into the state.

In Chicago, lifeline schools brace for strike (Seattle Times)
Students and parents react to the stand-off between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools, as the schools they rely on may be closed for a ten-day strike if negotiations are not successful.

Opinion: Don’t pit science and math education against liberal arts (Seattle Times)
Sandi Everlove, Chief Learning Officer of Washington STEM, and Michael Zimmerman, Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Evergreen State College, write about how a strong foundation in science and math is bolstered by a solid education in the liberal arts.

Many changes in store as school year begins (Tacoma News Tribune)
Pierce County schools hope to ease the transition to high school for students in various ways, from switching from junior high schools to middle schools to having peer welcoming groups to creating teams of teachers for freshman.

Editorial: A global reality check on American public education (Tacoma News Tribune)
The Tacoma News Tribune’s editorial board argues that it’s important for parents and the public to know how last week’s release of student achievement scores match up globally.

School district considers expanding all-day kindergarten (Spokesman Review)
Spokane School District is looking to grow its full-day kindergarten program from 15 schools to all 34, despite some skepticism.

Initiative gets ‘A’ from U.S. charter school group (Everett Herald)
After a comprehensive review, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools lauds I-1240 for incorporating many charter school law best practices.

Everett schools would be just the latest to try early releases (Everett Herald)
According to a new contract in Everett approved by teachers this week, students will be let out of school 75 minutes early every Friday between October and May to make room for professional development and planning hours for teachers.

Tri-City school districts work to place kindergarteners (Tri-City Herald)
Tri-City school districts are working to absorb an unexpected influx of kindergartners this school year, assuring parents that their students will be placed in a classroom.

Lessons to be learned from CK, Bremerton school closures (Kitsap Sun)
With the possibility of another school closing in the near future, reporters for the Kitsap Sun look at how the process has gone for the area in the past.

Column: Your diploma is a crime-fighting weapon (The Lower Columbian Daily News)
Longview’s chief of police makes the case that a good education with a strong early start is one of the best ways to curb crime in any community.

New attendance push prized by students, educators (USA Today)
Students across the nation are being encouraged to come to school through various full attendance programs like Get Schooled.

Nearly 900 districts apply for Race to the Top (USA Today)
Districts across the country prepare to vie for the nearly $400 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

Democratic platform hails Common Core, praises teachers (Education Week)
The Democratic National Committee released its platform yesterday. Its education focus praises teachers and the Common Core, in addition to highlighting higher education.

Tuesday Bonus: Kid Snippets: Salesman
Continuing the tradition of bringing kids’ stories to life, BoredShortsTV asks their children to narrate an interaction between a salesman and a customer.

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