Today for our weekly Q&A I’m interviewing Pam Hosmer, who runs programs for homeless students in local schools. Send me your burning questions for her at Now for the newsblitz:

We blog about why cutting $99 million from the San Diego Unified budget is actually good news for schools — relatively speaking — and catch up with Shelia Jackson about whether she’s running for supervisor. (She says “probably not” after last week telling us that she was out.)

San Diego Unified is paring down its list of budget priorities today, the Union-Tribune reports.

San Diego News Network blogs about the events that led up to the removal of parent activist Sally Smith from her school site committee. We reported on the vote and how it would force Smith to give up her post on a larger district committee.

High school and college students are more stressed out than ever before, a new study from San Diego State University finds. KPBS reports on some ideas of why it might be happening.

I accidentally overlooked this one yesterday: A professor argues in the San Diego Business Journal that we should seriously think about a mayoral takeover of San Diego Unified schools.

Petitions are pouring in from teachers, charter schools and outside groups to take over campuses in Los Angeles Unified, the Times reports.

California Watch writes about cutbacks in the class-size reduction program statewide, which was “the most expensive education reform program in California’s history.”

Ceres schools may reward kids who become fluent in two languages with a special seal on their diplomas, the Modesto Bee reports. This echoes the push for biliteracy in San Diego Unified.

The Los Angeles Times opines that schools should be careful about accepting private money, even for worthy projects.

The Atlantic questions whether school gardens have done any good in California or just wasted kids’ time. Local blogger Jill Richardson counters that yes, they have, and gives examples of educational lessons in the garden.

The National Journal hosts an online debate over whether the new California law allowing parents to trigger a school overhaul or closure is a good idea.

Educated Guess blogs about how Race to the Top has caused big changes even before the money has gone to schools.

High school exit exams have been watered down across the country, The New York Times writes.

Surprise: The American Federation of Teachers, the second largest teachers union in the country, is going to propose including students’ test scores in teacher evaluations and finding ways to speed up disciplinary cases against teachers. The Washington Post and USA Today explain why this is such a big deal. Bob Herbert at The New York Times contends that the union had better follow through.

Education Week reports that schools are using digital language labs as a way to help students get over the embarrassment of speaking a new tongue.


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