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Good morning, education news readeroos. We blog on the school board giving the green light to the schoobrary, detail why the city budget analyst thinks the school district should be paying more for the space, explain a quirk in the labor rules on that project, and also follow the end of the budgeting drama — for this year, at least — in San Diego Unified.
The Union-Tribune reports on the County Office of Education plan to take on corporate names for its programs for cash — soon kids may be welcomed to Qualcomm’s Camp Cuyamaca. The UT also covers the budget battles in San Diego Unified and Oceanside schools. City Beat editorializes that the planning behind the schoobrary is “the worst way to plan for basic civic needs.” And KPBS chimes in with reports on the library school and the San Diego Unified budget.
The Los Angeles Times delves into the takeover of a troubled L.A. school by the Green Dot system of charter schools, what has changed at the school, and what hasn’t — and the last point could shed more light on why charters in our area might be seeking to run their own special education services. More kids around the state capitol are signing up for free lunches, the Sacramento Bee reports. And NPR has this fascinating commentary on why California won’t get a bailout to rescue schools and other services.
In national news, Education Week reports that charter school advocates are pushing for an overhaul of state laws on charters to give the schools better access to facilities and tighten up accountability for the school boards that oversee them. A group of Chicago parents are putting out a fact sheet to challenge what federal education czar Arne Duncan says about the successes of his reforms in Chicago schools. And the Chronicle of Higher Education concludes that, contrary to the research zeitgeist, “unfortunately, some children and adults are just unintelligent. It’s not fair, it’s not politically correct, but reality is under no obligation to be either of those.”