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Wow — and I thought I was the only one ready to nerd out on math scores yesterday! There was a lot of interesting coverage on the San Diego scores that went beyond the usual are-they-up-or-are-they-down. Check it out in the newsblitz:

  • A national test showed gains in math in San Diego Unified, especially in eighth grade. We look closer at the data in the blog and get some reasons why the scores might be up. 
  • The Union-Tribune has more details on the math test, along with KPBS and SDNN
  • Our Blogger for a Day Donna Cleary argues that California should change its laws for a better chance at more stimulus dollars. If you missed her post, check it out here. You can also read our previous blogger, Jim Miller, who argued against making the change
  • The Associated Press reports that Los Angeles schools just approved a plan to cut 5,000 jobs, including 1,400 teachers, to balance its budget. 
  • In the Huffington Post, a professor argues that when it comes to school reform, Los Angeles Unified is the place to watch, even if it looks messy. 
  • In Cleveland, schools are worried that they won’t be able to provide a full day of kindergarten, as the governor has pushed for, the Plain Dealer blogs. Paring back to half-days in kindergarten is also on the table in San Diego. 
  • Conservatives are leery of regulations in Race to the Top, a competition for more school stimulus dollars, that they say could lead to a national curriculum or a national test, Education Week writes. 
  • In New Mexico, Gov. Bill Richardson is proposing a bill to close the achievement gap specifically for Hispanic students. Similar achievement gaps exist in California and nationwide. 
  • Ick: Fast food restaurants are more stringent about checking meat for pathogens than the National School Lunch Program, USA Today reports. 
— EMILY ALPERT

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