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So much education news, so little time! Better start reading your daily newsblitz.

The Union-Tribune writes about a Juilliard-style summer school underway at the School of the Creative and Performing Arts. A new high school in Poway is getting deluged with kids from other areas, the North County Times reports. And we blog on what “disadvantaged” really means in terms of family income.

Elsewhere in California, the San Francisco Chronicle explains why those free digital textbooks that California just approved may not be practical for schools yet. Swine flu is cropping up at Sacramento schools, the Bee writes. The Oakland Tribune reports that their superintendent’s wife is stepping down from her job at an education nonprofit amid conflict-of-interest concerns.

And the San Jose Mercury News reports that San Jose State University is telling incoming students who need remedial classes that they’ll have to make up those classes somewhere else.

Here’s a curious trend from Education Week: Across the country, states seem to be teaching more about evolution than they used to, but they’re also using more “creationist language.” Economics professor James Heckman talks up the power of preschool for the American Enterprise Institute, but fellow wonk Rick Hess blogs that you can’t extrapolate those ideas to the real world without paying attention to the details.

And remember how New York, like California, is talking back to the feds about whether laws that delink teacher evaluation and test scores should disqualify them for more stimulus funds? It just got real in the Big Apple: A New York City schools official is challenging Obama and his education czar to a verbal duel over what their law really means.

Meanwhile, the controversial New Teacher Project released a report saying that Obama is right — California and New York are going to be left in the cold on those special stimulus dollars. Just look at that multicolored map on page 26.

EMILY ALPERT

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