The Daily Ed: September 24, 2012

Like Original Intent? Then Hear This: The Framers of Our State Constitution Never Wanted a Two-Thirds Majority Requirement for Tax Increases (Slog)
Nick Manheim, David A. Perez, and Harry Schneider, Seattle attorneys who filed a “friend of the court” on the behalf of The League of Women Voters in the case of League of Education Voters vs. State, argue that voters should reject Initiative 1185 as it was never the intent of the framers of our state constitution to need a two-thirds requirement for raising taxes.

Lawmaker: Wash. state tax lawsuit is about schools (My Northwest)
In an interview with the Associated Press, State Rep. Jamie Pedersen says that in order to fully fund education, legislators must be able to have all of the tools on the table, including the ability to raise taxes without a two-thirds majority.

Teachers United backs charter school initiative (Seattle Times)
Teacher’s United has endorsed Initiative 1240.

Charter schools offer state a fresh approach to education (The Olympian)
The editorial board for The Olympian endorse Initiative 1240, writing, “Initiative 1240 provides an avenue for inventive approaches to education through a cautious experiment with high-quality charter schools. Voters should approve this initiative.”

Editorial: Initiative 1240: Approve to advance options for the children (Spokesman Review)
The editorial board for the Spokesman Review endorses I-1240 writing, “Washington schools are improving. Dropout rates are coming down. Student test scores are rising. But it’s time, finally, for Washington voters to approve charter schools by saying yes to Initiative 1240.”

Trends: Washington state’s higher-education paradox (Seattle Times)
Although a large percentage of adults living in Washington state have some sort of post-secondary degree, a new study shows that Washington ranks among the bottom when it comes to sending high school graduates to college.

In Kent, the path to college begins in elementary school (Seattle Times)
The Seattle Times profiles the work of the CCER partnership, which works to increase the college attendance rate of students in the south King county region. LEV  works with CCER to promote the Roadmap Project.

Gift of grit, curiosity help kids succeed (Seattle Times)
Jerry Large presents his take on Paul Tough’s new book How Children Succeed.

It’s time for a moratorium on school suspensions (Seattle Times)
Times editorial columnist Lynne Varner writes, “A thoughtful approach to raising graduating rates would take a hard look at school discipline and suspension rates. Schools push out too many black and Latino boys and young men under the excuse of strict discipline.”

Low-tech education means outsourced opportunity (Tacoma News Tribune)
The Tacoma News Tribune editorial board looks at the new data from Change the Equation, a STEM focused nonprofit, writing, “Change the Equation pretty much reaffirms something observers have been saying for years: Washington is not preparing most of its graduates for the 21st-century economy.”

Education Nation 2012 (MSNBC)
Education Nation starts today.

Teachers’ Unions Court G.O.P. (New York Times)
Teachers’ Unions across the nation are navigating new political landscape brought on by Democrats like President Obama embracing education reforms.

Public Television Takes Role in Curbing Dropout Rates (New York Times)
PBS will be hosting a telethon on behalf of the American Graduate initiative, in order to increase graduation rates.

In Arizona desert, a charter school computes (MSNBC)
Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School, a public charter school in Arizona, is using blended learning to improve Math and Reading Scores.

Mentoring becomes as much about parents as it is about kids (MSNBC)
MSNBC profiles The Logan Square Neighborhood Association to see how it has increased parent engagement.

Monday Bonus: Rats cuddle with mini teddy bears.
How could something so cute cause plagues?

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