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The Daily Ed: September 28, 2012

First report released using state’s new school progress system (Seattle Times)
Using the new standards specified in its No Child Left Behind waiver, Washington released a report on student progress in the state focused on exposing and closing gaps between subgroups of students. Local districts react in the Tri-City Herald and Bellingham Herald.

Opinion: US education system is still leaving kids behind (Tacoma News Tribune)
Columnist Michael Gerson compares the new movie Won’t Back Down to Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle for the way it brings an uncomfortable truth to light.

PTA claims for-profit rival poaches members (Wall Street Journal)
The PTA sues for-profit parent group PTO Today for “a number of false statements about the PTA” and “[laying] out a road map for parents to leave the PTA.”

Charges of bias in admission test policy at eight elite public high schools (New York Times)
Education and civil rights groups in New York City have filed a complaint with the US Department of Education about the test-only admission system to NYC’s elite public schools are discriminatory and prevent Black and Hispanic students from accessing education they are entitled to.

Study: Traditional and charter schools help each other (MSNBC)
“The question isn’t: Do we need more charter schools, traditional schools, gifted schools, or magnet schools?” [Arne Duncan] said. “We need better public schools. Kids don’t know what kind of school they go to. All they ask is, ‘Do I have a good teacher?’”

State ballot measures include hot K-12 issues (Education Week)
Stakes are high across the country when it comes to education ballot measures. Nine states, including Washington, have ballot measures that would add major reforms to their education systems.

Study: Young children explore as scientists do (Education Week)
A new report from the University of California, Berkley shows that the way children as young as eight months old approach learning about the world around them is much like the way scientists use the scientific method.

Friday Bonus: Dave Engledow’s awesome father-daughter portraits
The Father of the Year award goes to…

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