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If it’s gray outside, the antidote is Bright and Early. We blog on why the project labor agreement is going before the San Diego Unified board again. The Union-Tribune reports on a summer program that gives students an early push into Advanced Placement classes. KPBS has a long segment with the state superintendent, and reports more on the new common calendar in place in Chula Vista and Sweetwater schools.

The San Jose Mercury News reports on a school district in the San Jose area where a county audit found that the superintendent spent freely on the district dime, including potentially unauthorized expenses. The school boardwill deal with the controversy today. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle explains the confusion over whether suspending the high school exit exam for students with disabilities, as California is doing, means that kids who stumbled on the requirement this year will get a pass.

The Associated Press finds that federal spending on education has been fairly low — but the stimulus throws a wrench into that calculation. It also finds that California spending per pupil is just below the national average. A scholar finds that education reporters tend to pick up on research from think tanks almost as much as they do research from universities or government agencies, Education Week blogs.

And the Chicago Tribune reports on an investigation of how students are getting into the city’s coveted magnet schools — the rumors are it isn’t just a lottery.

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