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Best part about the secretary of education showing up on the Colbert Report last night? Steven Colbert telling him, “I hope you’re ready to get schooled.” Now on to the newsblitz!

  • We blog on which projects could be delayed and which projects will roll onward as San Diego Unified grapples with a slower flow of school construction funds than it originally expected. Remaking Mann Middle School and Crawford High in City Heights could be delayed; the schoobrary is speeding up.
  • It’s a news explosion on our blog: Another top official at San Diego Unified is heading out the door — this time it’s Arun Ramanathan, who oversaw major changes in special education. Parents are protesting as their schools lose teachers weeks into the school year. And Sweetwater teachers are continuing to protest over their contract as the school district and the union head to a fact-finding session Wednesday.
  • The Union-Tribune writes about the battle over whether Hoover High should get lights for nighttime games at its football fields. Neighbors are complaining about the lights and crowds; the school says residents knew they were living across from a football field when they bought their homes.
  • Chris Reed at the UT blogs about the crusade of one mom, Sally Smith, against school fees for class supplies, and ties it into the dispute over whether teachers should have had to sign an ethics code.
  • KPBS reports on why one school board members wants San Diego State to change its course and keep giving an edge to local students who apply to the university. We also blogged about it here.
  • Carlsbad schools may refinance some of their debt, the North County Times reports.
  • The Inland Daily Bulletin writes that State Superintendent Jack O’Connell is pushing Schwarzenegger to restore funding for textbooks and developing new curricula.
  • These are fighting words among education wonks: Critics are saying that the education reforms prized by Obama and prioritized under the “Race to the Top” for a second batch of school stimulus dollars aren’t backed by strong research. Education Week dissects the debate.
  • Boston schools may have violated their teachers’ contract by signing an agreement with Teach for America, the Boston Globe reports. The program has been controversial because Boston is bringing in new teachers while laying off existing ones.
  • Chancellor Michelle Rhee in Washington D.C. is facing mounting pressure to lay out in detail why she decided to lay off hundreds of school workers, the Washington Post writes: “Critics suggest that Rhee has contrived the shortfall to pursue her long-term goal of replacing most of the city’s teacher corps, especially veteran instructors — a charge she denies.”
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