Good morning, education nerds, and welcome to your daily education newsblitz!

Coronado High School may close its swimming pool to save money, the Union-Tribune reports. The U-T also has this worrisome piece on how the budget cuts are affecting San Diego State — and why it’s so much worse off than other local universities.

The North County Times writes that a federal grant is helping Oceanside schools start new programs for struggling readers.

KPBS lets us know about a forum on Latino students with members of Obama’s education team. And we blog about a biliteracy proposal in Sweetwater schools that echoes a similar policy that just passed in San Diego Unified.

Elsewhere in California, Los Angeles Unified plans to hike taxes higher than homeowners were expecting on its construction bond, thanks to an obscure provision in the law designed to protect bondholders, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Oakland Tribune editorializes that California should start linking test scores and teacher evaluation in order to get more stimulus money.

And the Sacramento Bee explains why schools there, much like San Diego Unified and other local districts, are putting off new textbooks to save money.

In national news, the New York Times does a nice job summing up how Obama and his education team are trying to leverage the stimulus money to make controversial changes in schools nationwide. Jay Mathews at the Washington Post writes about the sadly familiar story of a child with disabilities who can’t seem to get a good education.

The Wall Street Journal explains why schools are advertising themselves more aggressively than in the past. (Thanks to reader Kelly Donivan for the link!) And blogger Eduflack, a big fan of enhancing teacher quality in disadvantaged schools, writes about a host of problems that need to be addressed before test scores can be fairly linked to teacher evaluation.


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