It’s Monday — did you miss your education news?

We report on the facilities bond in San Diego Unified taking an estimated economic hit of $50 million over the next two years, and the changing list of small schools up for closure — now one school shorter. The Union-Tribune dissects criticism of the president of Southwestern College and profiles a Lakeside teacher honored for using computers to help engage students with emotional disturbance. KPBS takes a look at how shortening the school year could impact education.

The Los Angeles Times studies the success of a strict set of Oakland charter schools that recruits “hard working people who believe in free market capitalism. … Multicultural specialists, ultra liberal zealots and college-tainted oppression liberators need not apply.” The Contra Costa Times opines that schools need more flexibility in funding to survive the budget crisis. And the San Francisco Chronicle tracked down the teens who once shared a single kindergarten class and tells their stories.

On the national level, the Supreme Court is taking up the issue of when public schools must reimburse parents of children with disabilities who attend specialized private schools. The Washington Post reports that more and more kids nationwide are attending public schools. And California is now one of 46 states that are trying to draft national educational standards — a step that might sound dull, but could create a common definition of what kids are supposed to learn and when across the country.


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