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You can take or leave the political segment beforehand, this snippet from the Colbert Report on Tony Danza coteaching in Philly had me in stitches. Start watching at about 4:45 for the Danza bit.

Now — to the newsblitz!

  • San Diego Unified has drafted a list of zip codes in poor areas where residents will get priority to work on the $2.1 billion facilities bond. It’s bound to be controversial: The push to give workers in impoverished areas a leg up is part of the project labor agreement that the school district tied to work on the bond.
  • We blog that San Diego Unified may have taken unnecessary steps, a federal official says, to make sure that online credit recovery classes didn’t violate No Child Left Behind rules about qualified teachers. The school district assigned central office staffers to be the official teachers for the classes — but they didn’t do any teaching. Now a spokeswoman for the federal Department of Education says the rules don’t apply to classes where computers do all the instruction anyway.
  • I know that the human body is a beautiful thing, but the North County Times is still seriously grossing me out with this picture. Hopefully Ramona teens have stronger stomachs than I do.
  • A school district near Sacramento is suing two development firms, claiming that it vastly overpaid for a parcel of land, the Bee reports. A grand jury report concluded that the former superintendent failed to properly oversee the deal.
  • The Public Policy Institute of California has a new report on whether a full day of kindergarten is better than a half day. Their answer: Maybe for schools with lower test scores. Longer kindergarten seems to reduce the chances that a child will be held back in elementary school, they found, but doesn’t seem to have an impact on test scores or how quickly English learners pick up their new language.
  • Oh no he didn’t! A D.C. politician accuses the mayor and controversial D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee of using the city’s budget crisis as an excuse to lay off unionized teachers.
  • A scholar argues in the American Prospect that separate is still not equal when it comes to the economic and racial integration of schools. He contends that Obama’s focus on bettering neighborhood schools could be sidestepping research that shows that integration seems to work better for kids.
  • Education Week reports that Texas schools are zeroing in on the gap between what high schools do and what colleges require. This echoes the push in San Diego to make sure that more kids meet the University of California admission requirements when they graduate. And along the same lines, Inside Higher Education takes up the question: Should everyone go to college?
EMILY ALPERT

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