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There’s a slew of college news in your newsblitz today — read on!

We blog that in a rare step for charter schools, teachers at Harriet Tubman Village Charter have unionized. The Tubman board officially recognized the union last night. Teachers said they were worried about retaliation for speaking out about problems on campus.

San Diego Unified school board member John de Beck writes that people should have given the idea of multiple superintendents a chance — and makes some not-so-subtle digs at superintendents past.

The Reader zooms in a single student to explain how the budget crunch is impacting community colleges in San Diego.

A Vista Unified school board member wants to conduct more of its business in public, the North County Times reports.

And the Union-Tribune writes about the dismissal of a lawsuit against a Dehesa charter school. The suit alleged that a teacher was not rehired because she refused to falsify records at the school.

Auditors found that Los Angeles Unified paid $200 million more in salaries than budgeted, the Times reports. Why? Nobody is sure. Similar problems have cropped up in the past in San Diego Unified.

The Sacramento Bee reports that a newly proposed charter school aimed at helping Hmong students is stirring up worries about segregation. This echoes the debate over expanding Iftin Charter School here.

Also in the Bee: Schools around the state capitol are frustrated with the limits that Gov. Schwarzenegger has placed on how they can cut budgets, such as specifying that they reduce their administrative costs by 10 percent. Many districts say they’ve already done that.

And is Schwarzenegger really protecting education in this budget? Bay Area educators tell the Contra Costa Times: nope.

College programs in prisons are being pared back due to budget cuts, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin writes.

Beverly Hills just got a little more exclusive: Hundreds of Beverly Hills students who live outside the city will have to find other schools, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Education Week writes about the push to start teaching science as early as preschool.

The entire state of Texas isn’t going to apply for Race to the Top, a competition for more federal stimulus money for schools. The Houston Chronicle explains why.

NPR takes a look at why more Latinos are filling community colleges.

Meanwhile, a think tank report finds that flagship public universities still aren’t very diverse. The Washington Post gives a national take on the data; the San Francisco Chronicle looks at Berkeley.

— EMILY ALPERT

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