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Welcome to your daily dose of education news: KPBS explains more about the critics’ dissatisfaction with Sweetwater Union High School District Superintendent Jesus Gandara. San Marcos parents are upset that class sizes are going up in the youngest grades, the North County Times reports. San Diego Unified school board member John de Beck answered questions yesterday at SDNN. And we take you inside an educational research project in which teens study their own schools.
Elsewhere in California, the Los Angeles Times reports that an administrative snafu means that kids in Chino have to stay in school until July 31 — or see their school district lose more than $7 million in funding. The San Jose Mercury News reports that a nonprofit leader is stepping down amid suspicions that the organization diverted retirement contributions from teachers and staff at its charter schools. And the Oakland Tribune writes about the impact of gun violence on Bay Area schools.
And on the national stage, Education Week dissects a Stanford study that found twice as many bad charter schools as good ones. The Los Angeles Times zeroes in on the California data in the same report and finds that charters here are doing better in reading overall — and worse in math — but emphasizes that every school is different. The Associated Press finds that arts programs are already taking a hit. And federal education czar Arne Duncan argues in Education Week that failing schools need a total turnaround, while Huffington Post blogger Gerald Bracey derides the idea as illogical.