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The Daily Ed: September 18, 2012

$1.3M more possibly misspent in Seattle schools scandal (Seattle Times)
An investigation in to Silas Porter Jr. may have uncovered another scandal.

Op-ed: Why early learning is critical for kindergarteners (Seattle Times)
In an opinion piece for the Seattle Times, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation program officer and former preschool and elementary school teacher Jodi Haavig writes, “Districts that elevate early learning by strengthening partnerships, focusing on developmentally appropriate instruction and directing resources to the early grades assure that our 80,000 kindergarten children continue on a successful learning trajectory.”

School strikes of choice – in Chicago and Tacoma (Tacoma News Tribune)
The editorial board for the Tacoma News Tribune write, “Chicago’s teachers – now into the second week of a citywide strike – don’t need a new contract as much as they need a new union.”

Marysville school switches from textbooks to iPads (Everett Herald)
Students in Marysville are now using iPads in the classroom, making them one of the first districts in the state to do so.

Reopened Suquamish school puts emphasis on heritage (Kitsap Sun)
Chief Kitsap Academy, run by the Suquamish Tribal Education Department, has reopened it’s doors and revamped its program.

As Chicago Strike Goes On, the Mayor Digs In (New York Times)
“If teachers continue the strike beyond Tuesday, they risk losing support from students’ families, many of whom expressed patience in the first week of the strike but were sounding increasingly exasperated heading into Week 2. Fading union support would potentially benefit Mr. Emanuel, political observers here said, but all agreed that no one would win politically if the strike dragged on.”

Rural Schools Warned of ‘Dire Consequences’ Without Budget Deal (Education Week)
If Congress doesn’t find a solution to the deficit, all federal programs will face cuts and rural areas will face significant hardships.

‘Disconnected’ Youth Costing $93.7 Billion Annually (Education Week)
A new report finds that there are almost 6 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither working or in school. This “disconnect” cost taxpayers 93.7 billion in government support and lost revenue. The researchers say that high quality education could have prevented much of it.

Tuesday Bonus: Reporter Scares Baby News Blooper
Bad jokes are bad.

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