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One of my alma maters, Academic Magnet High School in Charleston, S.C., made it onto the annual ranking of top high schools. Go Raptors! Those and other details in your daily newsblitz:

We blogged that at the third budget forum held by San Diego Unified, some parents called for a halt to testing to save money. There was no big news at the fourth meeting, but you can check out what was said at my Twitter feed.

SDNN reports that a broad survey of San Diego State students found them unhappy about how furloughs had impacted their education.

The Reader tells the story of Gompers Charter Middle School and how the campus has changed since it seceded from the school district years ago.

Oceanside schools are clamping down on allowing Oceanside kids to transfer to other school districts, KPBS reports. Doing so is meant to help them save money.

The North County Times writes about the latest turn in the MiraCosta College case that led out of the $1.6 million payout for a former employee.

Dueling bills: The Los Angeles Times reports that only one of the two different bills aimed at helping California get more school stimulus money has made it out of committee. So far, the upper hand is going to the bill backed by the California Teachers Association, which says it’s better thought out. More details from the Sacramento Bee and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Jon Fensterwald blogs that low scores on that national math test in Fresno and Los Angeles (although not so much in San Diego) can’t be blamed on children of color.

An online charter school has been rejected up and down the state, but that doesn’t mean it’ll stop trying, the Contra Costa Times writes.

Like San Diego Unified, Stockton schools split up their high schools into smaller schools-within-a-school with themes. But the Record reports that there, the small schools have been struggling.

U.S. News and World Report rankings of the best high schools in the United States are out, and San Diego has two schools in the top 100: the Preuss School (a charter) and San Diego High School of International Studies.

Claus von Zastrow argues that journalists are paying too much attention to charter schools and not enough attention to the problems replicating their success.

Education Week reports on a new crop of studies that ask: What makes a good principal? And where do those good principals go?

— EMILY ALPERT

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