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This episode of Bright and Early is brought to you by my nostalgia for LeVar Burton and Run DMC. You’ll understand why if you keep reading your daily newsblitz:

  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited a Chula Vista charter school to make his case for lifting a law that bars the state from evaluating teachers based on test scores, the Union-Tribune reports. The teachers union uses it as a platform to criticize his plans. KPBS also reports on the visit and we blog on the union protest here.
  • We blog that the construction kickoff for the schoobrary has been moved up in bond plans from 2014 to 2010. Bond planners say it’s a cautious move to ensure that the project can be financed if the school gets built as early as possible. Technology is also getting a front seat. But other projects are being delayed between one and four years.
  • Two hyperlocal tidbits: The Peninsula Beacon via SDNN writes about the ongoing lawsuit by contractors against San Diego Unified over a labor agreement on its school construction bond. And the OB Rag sounds off about the need for healthy school lunches and gives San Diego Unified lunch czar Gary Petill some props.
  • The North County Times serves up some nice details about the first day of school in Valley Center (a leopard loincloth? Really?) and analyzes more of those standardized test results.
  • The San Jose Mercury News reports that the state legislature is taking up bills that would tear down the “firewall” between test scores and teacher evaluation. Remember that clash between Schwarzenegger and the unions? That’s what this is about.
  • A New York Times technology blogger writes about a report that found that kids learning online outperformed kids in traditional classrooms. “The report does suggest that online education could be set to expand sharply over the next few years, as evidence mounts of its value,” the Times writes. (And it looks like they convinced San Diego Unified Superintendent Terry Grier, who tweeted the link this morning.)
  • Rick Hess from the American Enterprise Institute argues in Education Next that if we want better teaching we need to pay different teachers differently, recruit later and stop asking teachers to fill out so much paperwork. “This is an extravagant waste of talent,” he contends. Education Week zeroes in more on one of Hess’ points in the Teacher Beat blog.
  • Education Week writes about a report on the educational challenges facing Latina students, including gender stereotyping and poor academic preparation. Worrisome stuff. Check out the full report here.
  • And NPR just ruined my day by telling me that Reading Rainbow comes to the end of its run today. The show just wanted kids to read — but education wonks have shifted their focus. “The change started with the Department of Education under the Bush administration, which wanted to see a much heavier focus on the basic tools of reading — like phonics and spelling,” NPR reports. But you don’t have to take my word for it

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