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The Daily Ed: September 21, 2012

Coalition to lobby for more changes in teacher contract (Seattle Times)
The Our Schools Coalition, of which LEV is a member, held a luncheon Wednesday to discuss the advancements made last year on the Seattle teacher’s contract and strategize about areas of influence for next year’s contract.

State gets incomplete in first McCleary report (Tacoma News Tribune)
Columnist Peter Callaghan writes, “Someone really needs to tell the Legislature that it lost the court case known as McCleary v. State of Washington.”

Editorial: Obstacles remain despite forecast (Spokesman Review)
Despite a small improvement of $22 million in the state revenue forecast, the editorial board of the Spokesman Review warns that adding more commitments to government spending is not wise until we see more robust growth in the state.

In Texas, Republican candidates turn attention to teachers (Texas Tribune)
Education is at the forefront of the debate this election year in Texas and is bringing out some unexpected proponents of higher teacher pay–conservatives.

Charter schools: Closing or widening the education gap for Latinos? (MSNBC)
As the number of Latinos enrolled in charter schools increases, educators and experts debate the impact on the population.

Why it’s never mattered that America’s schools ‘lag’ behind other countries (Tech Crunch)
In a provocative article offering a counterpoint to the recent OECD report on global education, Gregory Ferenstein argues that the U.S. lagging behind in global rankings doesn’t really matter because “schools don’t prepare students for the real world, so broad educational attainment will have a weak correlation with economic power.”

Vouchers gain foothold among state, local Democrats (Education Week)
Though the Obama administration opposes school vouchers, Democrats at all levels have a broad spectrum of views on them, and support among Democrats appears to be growing.

Paper decries ‘literature deficit’ in Common Core standards (Education Week)
Critics of the Common Core standards claim that the curriculum’s emphasis on informational reading will limit students’ interaction with literature, and ultimately impede their success in higher education.

Discuss: Moratorium on school suspensions (Seattle Times)
The Seattle Times Editorial Board leads a discussion on the Schott Foundation study that found that Black males’ graduation rates continue to be much lower than their White peers, despite progress.

Friday Bonus: Colonel Meow
The grumpiest looking cat you have ever seen has the best Facebook page of all time.

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