Remember: You don’t need parent permission to read your Thursday education linkapalooza:

The Associated Press, the Union-Tribune and the North County Times report that the ACLU is threatening to sue a Ramona school that barred a student from giving a presentation about slain gay leader Harvey Milk without getting parent permission for her classmates to hear it.

We blog about the strange case of a golden handshaker who had already left San Diego Unified and let you know about the first airing of its long awaited, long debated project labor agreement.

In news of the paradoxical, the Los Angeles Times sums up a report that finds that California charter schools seem to be doing well financially but their financial reporting is lax, and are outperforming traditional schools in English instruction but do worse at getting English learners to be fluent. Huh? The LAT also gives a good birds-eye-view of how the budget crisis will hit schools statewide.

Education Week writes that federal education czar Arne Duncan is being urged to set a high bar for which states get extra stimulus money for school reform. And there is a really interesting debate underway at Flypaper, a Fordham Institute blog, about whether academic success in unionized Massachusetts undercuts the argument that teachers unions are to blame for school woes.

EMILY ALPERT

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