I spent the weekend in Sacramento with family and resisted the urge to drag them down to the Capitol to show me where all the big decisions happen on school funding. Here is your daily education newsblitz!

The Union Tribune zeroes in on a Del Mar private school for students with disabilities. KPBS reports on how the stimulus plans in San Diego Unified match up with the push to localize decisions. And we blog about some good news for schools in a bad economy — lower-than-expected bids on the San Diego Unified facilities bond.

In state news, the Los Angeles Times reports that many school districts are putting off buying new textbooks. Some say the impact is minimal; others bemoan science textbooks sans climate change and history books minus Obama.

The San Jose Mercury News writes more about the back-and-forth over whether California can get stimulus money if it keeps barring the state from using test scores to evaluate teachers. And the Sacramento Bee reports on another influx of federal funds. This batch is for technology in schools.

And on the national level, the New York Times writes about digital textbooks and quotes Carlsbad Superintendent John Roach. NPR reports that billions in stimulus money is going unspent by states even as school district wilt under budget cuts.

Politico has this http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0809/25868.html” target=”_blank” title=””>sweeping profile of federal education czar Arne Duncan. And the Washington Post features a departing teacher explaining why she left the job after four years. It’s not burnout, and it’s not the pay.


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