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The Daily Ed: September 14, 2012

Editorial: UW, WSU rankings: the cost of slipping support for higher education (Seattle Times)
The Seattle Times’ Editorial Board attributes the slight slip in Washington’s state colleges’ rankings to the recent cuts to higher ed programs.

Legislature sets a baseline for “adequate education” (Crosscut)
The Education Funding Task Force will release a report describing the state’s current education situation as a first step in meeting the requirements of the McCleary ruling.

Santorno’s ‘interim’ title dropped (Tacoma News Tribune)
The leader of Tacoma School District, Carla Santorno has officially received the title of superintendent, dropping “interim” from the name, though her position, pay, and the duration of her term have not changed.

Staff and students team up at Union Ridge Elementary (The Reflector)
Students in Battle Ground, WA get an opportunity to give input on school rules and processes this year as teachers and staff work together with the new student-centered Principal Advisory Team.

In Shea, Sequim schools under new leadership (Sequim Gazette)
New superintendent of Sequim public schools Kelly Shea says he is there to listen, participate and be transparent about how decisions are made.

In Chicago, outline for deal on teacher’s contract (New York Times)
Negotiators say that an agreement is close to being reached in the Chicago teachers’ strike. The New York Times reports the proposed changes include: “teachers’ raises would average 16 percent over four years at a cost of $320 million, as had already been offered, but would be distributed differently; health insurance rates would not rise for teachers with families, as had been planned, if the union agreed to take part in a wellness program; and an appeals process would be created for teacher evaluations, which have been a significant area of disagreement.”

Test: Most student writers still not proficient (Boston Globe)
“Students who have access to computers at home and regularly use them for assignments are more likely to be strong writers, a national exam suggests. But it also says just a quarter of America’s eighth- and 12th-grade students have solid writing skills.”

Florida school district sues advocate to prevent recording of IEP meetings (National School Boards Association)
A Florida school district is suing a parent advocate for making audio recordings of meetings, though both the district and the advocate agree there is no law either prohibiting or allowing advocates to record.

Most states providing common-core instructional materials (Education Week)
States take different strategies in tackling the Common Core standards, with most developing some materials and curriculum and many providing training to teachers.

Nice political ads?
Ellen shares her version of political ads that show what the candidates really think of each other.

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