The Daily Ed: September 6, 2012

$5.8M grant helps struggling Seattle schools (KUOW)
Three Seattle schools see students excel with changes made thanks to School Improvement Grants. Now they try to lay the groundwork to keep their successful programs once the grants end next year.

What’s driving up the cost of our public schools? (Crosscut)
The costs of running public education come from a wide range of places, including student enrollment, staff mix, and even inflation.

Everett teachers paid more when classes exceed size limit (Everett Herald)
“For the first time, Everett’s elementary school teachers will get additional pay if their class size is larger than limits agreed to in the [new teacher’s] contract.”

Olympia schools leader makes the rounds (The Olympian)
Olympia Schools Superintendent Dick Cvitanich introduces himself to neighborhood families by riding his bicycle and stopping to say hello.

New school year opens with numerous changes (The Olympian)
New staff, new school buildings, cameras on buses and new physical fitness programs are just a few of the changes some Olympia area students will experience as the school year begins.

Is Massachusetts messing with its education success? (Christian Science Monitor)
As Massachusetts moves to adopt the Common Core Standards, The Christian Science Monitor looks at the state’s road to reform.

Michelle Rhee: How Obama–or Romney–should change education (NBC)
Former D.C. Schools Chancellor and founder of StudentsFirst Michelle Rhee offers advice for the presidential candidates on how to continue reforming schools.

Biggest back-to-school purchase: A new home? (Wall Street Journal)
The quality of local schools is one of the major factors in choosing a home, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Thursday Bonus: The Evolution of School Supplies – An Infographic
Learn the history of the school supplies you know and love.

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