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The Daily Ed: September 11, 2012

Op-ed: We need to get more girls in STEM disciplines (Seattle Times)
Corporate vice president in Microsoft’s Developer Tools business Julia Liuson writes, “As Washington state focuses on getting more students to study STEM disciplines to prepare them for future jobs, we need to pay special attention to getting girls into those fields so we can have a shot at correcting gender imbalance in technology careers.”

How health care reform can help education in Washington state (Crosscut)
Writing for Crosscut, DJ Wilson says that implementation of the Affordable Care Act will allow Washington to put more money toward education.

Perry Tech, Toppenish High success worthy of national note (Yakima Valley Herald)
Yakima area schools Perry Technical Institute and Toppenish High School have gained national attention for their academic success.

Candidates share more endorsements ahead of general election (The Columbian)
The Columbian gives a rundown of endorsements for area candidates, including LEV education leaders Rep. Tim Probst and Monica Stonier.

In standoff, latest sign of unions under siege (New York Times)
The New York Times provides some background information on the Chicago teachers strike.

Colorado School Board votes to end talks with union (Education News)
Meanwhile in Colorado, the Douglas County School Board has ended negotiations with with the local teacher’s union.

Californians face rival ballot initiatives that would raise taxes and aid schools
Included on the California ballot this November: Proposition 30 which would increase state sales tax and Proposition 38 which would raise income tax.

Report calls for more teacher training, limiting use of test scores (L.A. Times)
California’s Task Force on Educator Excellence released a study that states: “The state needs to focus on recruiting, educating and retaining teachers if it wants to improve student academic performance.”

Counselors a resource for college-goers, but many find them unapproachable (Education Week)
A new survey finds that high school students are not going to high school counselors, think they’re unhelpful.

No school, no work: Young see toll from recession (Boston Globe)
The The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that the global recession has negatively impacted education access.

Tuesday Bonus: Psy Goes on Ellen to Teach Britney Spears How to Dance ‘Gangnam Style’

Gangam style strikes again!

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