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I caught the new Harry Potter flick last night and have concluded that what schools really need around here is a good class in Potions.

We blog about a new fan for the parcel tax idea in San Diego Unified — the local chapter of the California Charter Schools Association. The Union-Tribune writes that a charter school rocked by sex crimes committed by teachers is now agreeing to changes to its policies to prevent the Grossmont Union High School District from shutting it down.

The big daily also reports on a push for more school volunteers, and editorializes that San Ysidro High is terrific.

Marsha Sutton at SDNN delves into how schools district report their poverty levels and why it matters. And KPBS reports on how San Diego Unified is using some stimulus money to reduce diesel pollution from its buses.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that despite talking of axing the high school exit exam for budget reasons, it’s sticking around — except for students with disabilities. The Mercury News also writes about the state takeover of a Monterey County school district.

The Los Angeles Times reports on a new online high school called iQ Academy. The big question: Is the name cooler than iHigh in San Diego Unified?

The Sacramento Bee reports that Sacramento schools say they’re prepared for the state budget cuts aimed at schools. I’m still waiting for the verdict here in San Diego.

Check out this Education Week article for more details on how the budget pact will impact education.

The Wall Street Journal writes about the paradox of schools getting lots of federal money for technology while other funds — say for teachers — are dropping. This article (gloriously titled ‘An Apple for Your Teacher’) does a great job of explaining how computers can actually change instruction. PBS reports on the growing role of social and emotional learning in schools.

And a blogger from the Core Knowledge Foundation expounds on a leaked copy of a possible set of national standards for schools. They “offer almost no specific content and little that would be of use to teachers in planning lessons,” he chides. A commenter counters that at least “a handful of content experts are not at this moment deciding that every 11th grader in America ought to read ‘To His Coy Mistress.’”

EMILY ALPERT

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