Keep sending us your entries for the best and worst worksheet contest. The deadline is this Friday and I don’t want to have to rap your knuckles for being late. Now to the newsblitz!

  • We zero in on a Clairemont middle school that is blowing up homeroom, turning it into a flexible system of academic triage that provides remedial help to struggling kids and fun activities for successful ones.
  • State legislators will hold a public hearing tonight at Hoover High to talk about San Diego State University’s decision to end guaranteed admission for local students who meet minimum requirements, the Union-Tribune reports.
  • The Los Angeles Times writes about a door-to-door truancy sweep in Los Angeles Unified. A similar effort called Project Recovery happens in San Diego Unified and was kick started by former Superintendent Terry Grier.
  • More college grads are ending up back home than in the past, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
  • Nearly half of public schools nationwide have upped the caseloads of high school counselors, according to a study detailed by the New York Times. California has one of the highest student-to-counselor ratios, with 986 students per counselor.
  • Diane Ravitch blogs on Education Week: Does merit pay make sense?
  • Obama is pushing for more classroom time, but his home state of Hawaii just cut the school year, the Associated Press reports. (Reprinted here in the San Francisco Chronicle.)
  • The feds announce that 250,000 education jobs were saved with stimulus money nationwide, the Washington Post writes. But school jobs are still in jeopardy this year.
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