It was drawn to my attention that I said that I was “sloughing away” on a project last week, when I ought to have said I was “slogging away.” Mea culpa. We are all lifelong learners! But I’m duly chastened and back in the saddle this week. Now — your daily newsblitz!

  • The Union-Tribune follows the latest twist in the case of a former County Office of Education employee who alleges that he was fired as a whistleblower. An appellate court just ruled that he can sue two County Office employees as individuals. Check out some of our past stories for more details about the allegations that the former employee raised.
  • The UT also delves into the local chapter of Math for America and what it’s doing to try to improve math instruction in San Diego County schools.
  • The Los Angeles Times reports on the fear that layoffs and few jobs will turn young people away from the teaching field, causing a shortage when the economy rebounds.
  • Educational leaders are threatening to sue the state of California, arguing that it has failed to provide adequate funding for schools, the San Jose Mercury News reports. But others caution that money alone won’t fix schools unless key reforms in how schools work are introduced.
  • If your kid says her grade is unfair, she just might be right. A new study finds that grading is all over the map, the Washington Post reports. (Although I found it in the Los Angeles Times.)
  • Guest bloggers at Eduwonk compare the endless debates over charter schools to trying to improve on an old spaghetti sauce recipe.
  • Kids in Washington, D.C. are skipping class to protest teacher layoffs, the Washington Post reports. The layoffs are part of an effort to close a $40 million budget gap.

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