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Shake off your weekend already and read some education news! We look at lagging enrollment in the new virtual high school in San Diego Unified. KPBS continues its coverage of the discontent in Sweetwater schools over the decisions of Superintendent Jesus Gandara. The Union-Tribune profiles a retiring music teacher and reports on the buzz over a vacant school in Encinitas. Meanwhile, the Ramona Sentinel profiles teachers who are losing their jobs, and the North County Times reports on the possibility of reversing some teacher layoffs in Oceanside.

Elsewhere in California, students in San Fernando Valley are selling barbecue-flavored crickets to save music programs. (Is that lucrative?) Class sizes are rising in Sacramento schools, the Sacramento Bee reports. The Bee also reported that a long-running lawsuit on how Hinduism is represented in textbooks has been settled. The San Francisco Chronicle editorializes in favor of national education standards — here is some counterpoint from the blogosphere.

Going national, Connecticut schools have now switched to an online math curriculum instead of textbooks, the New York Times reports. Jay Mathews at the Washington Post looks at Advanced Placement classes as “shock treatment” for underperforming students. Education Week dissects Sonia Sotomayor’s education-related rulings. And the Christian Science Monitor reports on a tiny device whose maker wants it to be “the iPod of early education.”

EMILY ALPERT

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