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I woke up with the panicked feeling that essential education news could be out there and I might not know about it. I think this is getting pathological.

We try to dissect and compare the costs of the schoobrary and the wildly differing opinions on whether it’s a bargain or a bust? My excellent coworker Adrian Florido updates you on the City Council approving the plan, as does the Union-Tribune. SDNN reports on the financial straits of “Basic Aid” school districts that rely on local property taxes instead of the state.

The Ramona Sentinel writes that online classes are helping plug the gaps left by shrinking summer school budgets. And custodians and clerks are getting the ax in Oceanside schools, the North County Times reports.

State news on education is a little thin today after the newsblitz yesterday: Examiner.com reprints the testimony of one California family on the http://www.examiner.com/x-4959-Special-Education-Examiner~y2009m7d7-Mommy-Ive-been-hurt-all-day-one-little-girls-story” target=”_blank” title=””>alleged abuse of a child with disabilities in her classroom. I’ll Tweet any other California school news I find during the day.

And on the national stage, USA Today writes that a federal report finds that states aren’t using the stimulus money the way they’re supposed to — including schools that say they have more pressing needs than educational reform. Education Week does a dynamite job explaining the gap between what the federal government wants and what teachers unions want. Latino parent liaisons are http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/07/AR2009070702524.html?wprss=rss_education” target=”_blank” title=””>disappearing in schools outside of D.C., the Washington Post reports.

The Dallas Morning News reports on the controversy over the complex and costly real estate deals done by a national charter school company. And another Education Week writer asks: Couldn’t we lengthen the school year by cutting out worksheets, movies and fluff instead of clamping down on summer vacation?

EMILY ALPERT

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