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The Daily Ed: September 17, 2012

Editorial: Answers still missing to funding of education
The editorial board of the Spokesman Review focuses on the work ahead of lawmakers as they bring their first report to the Supreme Court on education funding today.

Drama teacher at Seattle’s Roosevelt High named one of nation’s best (Seattle Times)
Ruben Van Kempen, the leader of Roosevelt High’s drama program for 30 years, will be inducted into the Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame.

Hudson’s Bay teacher honored for lessons beyond math, physics (The Columbian)
Math and physics teacher Eric Saueracker is in the running to be Washington Teacher of the Year, thanks to his commitment to getting students to take and succeed in high-level classes.

Editorial: Our universities are no place for remedial education
Using data from the recent ACT results as a platform, Center for College Affordability and Productivity director Richard Vedder argues that schools need to prepare students better for college and colleges need to stop admitting students unprepared for college-level work.

Chicago teachers union votes to continue strike (Wall Street Journal)
The teachers strike in Chicago continues as teachers voted Sunday to remain out of the classroom. CPS sought legal action to immediately end the strike, but did not win it.

Editorial: Lessons from the Chicago teachers strike for Washington state (Seattle Times)
The Seattle Times Editorial Board says that the main lesson for Seattle from the Chicago teachers strikes is that labor disagreements have evolved to include the pros and cons of specific education reforms.

Tucson schools overhaul a program to help struggling Hispanic students (New York Times)
After the controversy over the curriculum of its Mexican-American studies program, Tucson schools are trying to mend fences and build academic success for Hispanic students through a new tutoring and mentorship program.

Startup hopefuls test ideas with educators (Education Week)
Startups across the country are focusing on building tools to help educators. This week, many showcased their products and ideas at Imagine K12, the biggest incubator program in the United States specifically for education technology startups.

White House outlines impact of looming sequestration cuts (Education Week)
Almost every program in the U.S. Department of Education would be cut by 8.2 percent if the across-the-board cuts planned for when the debt ceiling deal was reached last year take effect, according to White House estimates.

Ben Folds Five and Fraggle Rock “DO IT ANYWAY” [Official Video]
Ben Folds Five and Fraggle Rock muppets collaborate to bring you this important message.

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