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The Daily Ed: October 1, 2012

Charter schools provide important public option to help struggling students succeed (Tacoma News Tribune)
Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland writes an op-ed in favor of Initiative 1240.

Education reform: still leaving our kids behind (Seattle Times)
“The coalition that passed No Child Left Behind consisted of strange bedfellows — civil rights groups fed up with educational failure and business groups hoping for more capable workers. The bedfellows intent on overturning high standards are even more unnatural — conservatives opposed to a federal role in just about anything and an educational establishment that has adopted a policy of massive resistance to effective accountability.”

New benchmarks to increase standards, Tacoma Public Schools to monitor large range of academic categories (Tacoma News Tribune)
“With the adoption of a new set of benchmarks, Tacoma Public Schools promises to monitor student academic performance, school safety and other measures from preschool through high school.”

In Our View: Improvement in Education (The Columbian)
The Editorial Board for The Columbian writes in favor of Washington’s new accountability measures, AMOs.

Tacoma schools will put grades, assignments and records online
The Home Access Center (HAC), created by Tacoma Public Schools, will allow students and parents to check grades, attendance, and much more, online.

Fostering Tech Talent in Schools (New York Times)
The New York Times profiles a Microsoft program which encourages engineers to volunteer in the classroom.

Teaching for the Future: Access to AP classes widens (USA Today)
USA Today profiles Woodside High School in Virginia, which has an opt-out Advanced Placement program.

More cheating scandals inevitable, as states can’t ensure test integrity (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Looking at data from across the country, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found many inconsistencies when it comes to curbing cheating on standardized tests.

Affirmative Action Case Up for Airing at High Court (Education Week)
The U.S. Supreme Court will be looking at race-conscious admissions when it takes on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Monday Bonus: Where Letters Come From
“Z” is a great metaphor for the universe.

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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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The Daily Ed: September 27, 2012

It’s Christmas in September at Supreme Court (Tacoma News Tribune)
Peter Callahan writes, “The Washington Supreme Court courtroom Tuesday was lousy with lawyers representing the state attorney general and some of our toniest law firms.”

Seattle mayor to push for downtown school in South Lake Union (Seattle Times)
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is looking to make a deal with downtown developers in order to secure space for a elementary school.

Student debt stretches to record 1 in 5 households (Bellingham Herald)
Data from the Pew Research Center found that student debt is up 15 percent from 2007.

Minorities unequally disciplined in high school (Chicago News Tribune)
Looking at federal and city data, the Chicago News Tribune found that Black students are more likely to be reported to the police for disciplinary issues than White students.

Students in trouble often cooperate — even if they don’t need to (Chicago News Tribune)
“Edwin Yohnka, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, is troubled about what he sees as a blurring of lines at school, with administrators and school resource officers — who are certified law enforcement officers on campuses — jointly involved in handling discipline cases.”

Report calls on schools to adopt digital media within 5 years (Education News)
A report from the State Education Technology Directors Association says that schools switching over to from textbooks digital media is beneficial academically and economically.

Fewer than half of 2012 high schools grads ready for college (Education News)
A report by the College Board found that only 43 percent of high school students “met the standards that correlate to a high likelihood of college success set out by the SAT College & Career Readiness Benchmark.”

Thursday Bonus: Dog vs. Dog Stroller Races
The only thing that would have made this video better is if they would of played “Grease Lightning” in the background.

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