It’s a beautiful day in the blogosphere — come get your daily dose of education news! We dissect how expanding the renovations planned for San Diego Unified schools could ultimately impact its bottom line.
That’s not all: We also blogged that building contractors are now suing San Diego Unified because of its project labor agreement, the teachers union in Sweetwater is planning to curb extra work to protest lagging negotiations over its contract, and an updated estimate of how many displaced teachers will get jobs under San Diego Unified’s plan to use stimulus dollars to create smaller classes.
And because education ties directly into keeping kids safe, healthy and happy, check out this terrific story by my coworker Adrian Florido on a teen center in the Diamond neighborhoods that aims to put fun first.
The Union-Tribune writes about a new online school founded by former Chula Vista principals. The North County Times reports that the Carlsbad students who made a documentary about the Holocaust are going to screen it at a former German concentration camp. And parent blogger Paul Bowers offers his opinions on the hazards of letting parent foundations pay for school employees and the idea of a parent union.
State education news is a little thin today: The San Jose Mercury News fills out more on the story of the superintendent put on paid leave amid concerns about his spending. And the bloggers at Education Week open up a discussion on what exactly California law says about evaluating teachers using student scores.
Education Week also has this fantastic piece explaining the complex rules that allow states to shift local money away from special education when they get more federal money for students with disabilities, and the concerns it is raising.
USA Today reports that despite the economic woes afflicting education, Teach for America is still growing — and not everyone is happy about that. And the Eduwonk blog takes on the topic of why class size matters less than teacher effectiveness.