Your daily newsblitz features a cameo by my old college roommate — and no, it isn’t Arne Duncan. Read on and you’ll get the details:

  • The Union-Tribune writes about a principal who has done the unusual — twice — by turning around two struggling elementary schools. His latest success is in Chula Vista at Harborside Elementary.
  • We blog about the next step for the schoobrary: An education consultant at the University of San Diego is hashing out an educational plan and developing a nonprofit to run a charter school in the downtown building.
  • KPBS asks: Are adults really the problem with San Diego Unified? I think the problem is the 5th graders, personally. Get rid of them and everything will be fine.
  • Classes are crammed because of budget cuts in Los Angeles, the Times reports. The problems differ from school to school because of different choices about how to spend money — and different access to federal funds and grants.
  • With fewer counselors public schools, websites that allow teens to correspond with college counselors may become more important, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
  • In the Sacramento Bee, the author of “Education Hell” writes that the high school exit exam is, well, hellish. “No one bit of evidence can alone keep a child from earning a diploma,” Gerald Bracey opines.
  • McClatchy zeroes in on the key debates over education reform in California, and how the political sands have shifted for teachers unions, which find that typical allies — Democrats and minorities — are at odds with them on several points.
  • Three months ago an audit questioned the very existence of a tiny Northern California school district, the San Jose Mercury News reports, the Luther Burbank School District has kept on keeping on.
  • The New York Times reports that a provision tucked into a legislative bill last week is meant to improve the standards and oversight for early childhood education. Education Week delves a little deeper into how that change will be financed.
  • This is bound to be a big deal: A Portuguese study found that when schools tied teacher pay to test scores, student performance actually declined. Here’s a summary from the Los Angeles Times and the actual study from overseas. I’m really curious to see how this gets dissected in the blogosphere.
  • Jay Mathews at the Washington Post says we need a way to fix the mess around teacher certification. But most importantly, he quotes my old roommate Michael Bishop, a Ph.D candidate at the University of Chicago who knows a heck of a lot about teacher training and also makes excellent pancakes.

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