Your daily education newsblitz is now spangled with bullet points! Read onward:

  • State test scores will be released this morning. Check back here in a few hours for the news. Also, attorney Tyler Cramer is co-hosting my blog for a day. He’ll be writing about tying test scores to teacher evaluations.
  • The Union-Tribune writes that the back-to-school event that got school board member Shelia Jackson in hot water is back and it’s getting more money this time. School board member John de Beck dubs it “the Shelia Show.”
  • The U-T also reports that nine early childhood experts had to leave advisory panels for First 5, which distributes money for early childhood programs, after rule changes meant to prevent conflicts of interest. We blogged about one such departure yesterday.
  • The North County Times reports that coastal schools are going back in session soon.
  • KPBS reports on the teachers union protests in Sweetwater Union High School District. It also explains how blind students learn about chemistry.
  • The Sacramento Bee gives a quick explainer on state testing and peppers you with some sample questions. Quick: Why did the German military design the Schlieffen plan?
  • Oakland Tribune reporter Katy Wright turns over her blog to highlight a program focused on helping wayward boys turn their lives around.
  • The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that plans are afoot there to link teacher pay to test scores and the graduation rate.
  • The Chicago Sun-Times has more details from the growing investigation over whether students are being preferentially admitted to elite magnet schools: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin wrote a letter to try to help one of his staffers’ daughters get in.

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