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The Daily Ed: September 12, 2012

UW drops a bit in magazine’s college rankings (Seattle Times)
UW’s ranking fell from 41st to 46th on U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of the best colleges in country.

Can you turn around a struggling school without tearing it down? (KPLU)
One struggling school in Tacoma decided to try a turn around without changing staff. Instead, all current teaching staff were trained for National Board Certification. However, the first year did not show major improvements on test scores, despite some bright spots.

Editorial: I-1240: An essential escape route from failing schools (Tacoma News Tribune)
The TNT Editorial Board lets the Washington Public Charter Schools Initiative speak for itself to address the concerns of detractors.

Rematched Haigh, Griffey face off in forum (Kitsap Sun)
Candidates from the 35th district debated at a forum last night, discussing their positions on several important education issues including funding, early learning and charter schools.

At secondary school, Gear Up program does its job (Columbia Basin Herald)
Gear Up, a program aimed at encouraging low-income students to attend college, is working well at the Columbia Basin Secondary School

Alternatives to zero-tolerance discipline pass in California (Education News)
Two new bills in California encourage schools to curb zero-tolerance discipline policies and replace them with positive behavior supports for students along with a focus on proven school culture improvement programs.

Boston teachers, city, reach tentative labor deal (Boston Globe)
As Chicago teachers continue their strike over contract issues, teachers in Boston have tentatively agreed to a new contract after more than two years of negotiations.

Denver school reform group wants more consistent, better arts education (Denver Post)
Noting the range in quality of arts programs available to students in Denver, one reform group is working to bring consistent funding and support for the programs.

Business group gauges STEM “vital signs” across states (Education Week)
Looking at data from states across the country, business group Change the Equation notes trends in STEM education include a decrease in science instructional time and a lack of access to high level STEM courses for students of color and low income students.

Wednesday Bonus: Can you make it through this post without squealing?
The challenge is its own reward.

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