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I’m bound for a high school I’ve never visited this morning. But first — the newsblitz!

  • We blog that new research paid for by the Centre City Development Corp. says that parents outside of downtown aren’t clamoring to move there, but they perk up a lot more if a school with desirable features, such as a science emphasis, is in the mix. The study addresses an elementary school, not the high school that is now in the works for the downtown library.
  • If you want more gory details on downtown schools, check out my Twitter feed from a forum on that issue yesterday. One interesting tidbit: Along the lines of the schoobrary, other cities have placed schools in banks and theaters to be convenient for employees and link classes with a specific career.
  • Local students are losing their advantage when applying to San Diego State, the Union-Tribune reports. The college is adopting the same requirements for locals as for kids elsewhere in the state.
  • NBC reports that as spaces dwindle on school buses in Jamul-Dulzura, making the bus first-come, first-served, angry parents are accusing some families of faking residency while living across the border in Mexico. The school district says it verifies residency.
  • KPBS visits Morse High in Skyline Hills, where cheerleaders and athletes are breaking in their new athletic fields after a ribbon cutting ceremony. The principal says the old field was dangerous and demoralizing for teens in one of the poorest communities in San Diego. Bond dollars paid to replace it.
  • Also on KPBS: Actor Richard Dreyfuss talks about his passion for bringing civics back into U.S. classrooms.

Great quote:

America is the end of a 13,000 year old curse that is so well known that no one has to talk about it and that curse is, you and yours will never rise. … Until America said, wait a minute, wait a minute, if you can get here, if you can make the journey, if you have talent and guts and hard work and avoid the crap that life throws at you, you might rise. And that is the single most important message in the history of the human race.

  • Let the budget cutting begin: Los Angeles Unified bus drivers agree to take six unpaid days off to help balance the books, the LA Times reports. And cuts decided last year are still making waves: Substitute teachers there are angry that the teachers union made a deal over the summer that would give laid off teachers the first crack at subbing.
  • Enrollment in Catholic schools around Sacramento plunged this year. “We’ve never seen it like this,” the superintendent of the diocese tells the Sacramento Bee.
  • Assorted news about charter schools across the country: Education Week writes about a new study that concludes that New York City charter schools that serve disadvantaged kids are closing the gap with suburban schools. Further north in Boston, the Globe reports that a controversial charter was approved not because of its merits, but because it would help the governor politically. “It’s a tough but necessary pill to swallow,” the Massachusetts education secretary wrote in an e-mail obtained by the Globe.
  • Ick. A federal audit finds that government agencies are slow to notify schools about tainted food served up in cafeterias, USA Today reports.
  • California isn’t the only state in jeopardy of being cut out of the race for more school stimulus money: Louisiana might have trouble getting the second batch of dollars that states are competing for, known as Race to the Top, because it approved a separate “career diploma” that critics say isn’t as rigorous as an ordinary diploma and tracks kids into separate futures too early, the Monroe News Star writes.
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