The Daily Ed: September 5, 2012

New Seattle schools chief to go slow so ‘we do things right’ (Seattle Times)
Seattle Superintendent José Banda plans to listen and have more discussions in his first year.

What’s wrong with Seattle schools? Just ask the data (Crosscut)
Crosscut explores Superintendent Banda’s goals for Seattle, including access to more data.

Immigrants face fight over college funding (Tacoma News Tribune)
The Latino/a Educational Achievement Project plans to help more undocumented students receive financial aid in the next legislative session.

Democrats twist truth in attacking McKenna on education (Tacoma News Tribune)
The Editorial Board for the News Tribune write that the Democrat’s claim the Republican gubernatorial candidate wants to cut education funding is “built on a speck of fact.”

High-performing teachers in low-income D.C. schools to get fastest raises (Washington Post)
A new system in D.C. will reward high-performing teachers with raises and leadership positions.

National PTA asks Georgia chapter to be neutral on charters (Education News)
“In two months time, Georgians will vote on an amendment that would restore the state’s ability to approve and fund charter schools. The Georgia chapter of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has openly opposed the amendment, but the state organization is coming under increasing pressure from its national parent body to rescind their opposition.”

Q&A with Paul Tough: Obama’s big missed opportunity in education (MSNBC)
Author Paul Tough talks education with MSNBC, says that Obama’s Promise Neighborhood Initiative is a big missed opportunity. Tough will be speaking in Seattle as a part of LEV’s Voices from the Education Revolution on September 20th at Town Hall.

Speakers spotlight Obama ed. initiatives, GOP spending threats (Education Week)
Education and access to opportunity is a recurring theme at day one of the DNC.

School choice is no cure-all, Harlem finds (New York Times)
A lack of communication and access to information between parents and education leadership leaves some families feeling left behind.

Academic success in special education not linked to spending, study finds (Washington Post)
A study sponsored by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute suggests that “some districts that spend less than others [on special education] are getting better academic results from students”.

Wednesday Bonus: Baby Wakes Up with Every Emotion
Cuteness in a blanket.

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