Wake up and smell the journalism! We delve into the uproar in Sweetwater schools over the actions of Superintendent Jesus Gandara, and my coworker Rani Gupta surveys the city council members about the schoobrary idea, which the bond oversight committee in San Diego Unified will scrutinize today. The Union-Tribune reports that spending has actually increased this year in Chula Vista elementary schools – whodathunkit? KPBS reports that “summer learning loss” could be a bigger problem than usual this year. And SDNN bemoans dropouts nationwide.

The Los Angeles Times is getting me all verklempt: Check out the Column One on two high school students just 20 miles apart in Los Angeles and this remarkable story of a homeless student who made her way to Harvard. The Sacramento Bee reports that state Democrats want to send the $7.9 billion in funds that voters turned down under Proposition B to schools anyway in 2011, arguing that they actually have to do so under a previous law. The Mercury News reports on the “gimmicks” being used to close the budget gap statewide. And the Daily Kos blogs plaintively, “Is Quality Education a Lost Cause?”

In national news, federal education czar Arne Duncan is expected to echo remarks from the California Charter Schools Association that failing charters need to be closed, the New York Times writes. And Education Week reports on efforts to expand a popular instructional strategy from reading to math.

EMILY ALPERT

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