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Our Fact Check blog is going strong! Got something you want checked out — on schools or something else? Send us an e-mail at factcheck@voiceofsandiego.org. Now for your newsblitz:

The Union-Tribune gives a good explainer on why interim San Diego schools chief Bill Kowba is viewed as a serious contender for the permanent job, a subject we touched on in this story about possible changes in the new superintendent search.

We blog about some of the highlights from Kowba’s state-of-the-school-district speech yesterday. KPBS focuses on his push for partnership with outside groups.

We also blog that political consultant Scott Barnett is strongly considering a run for school board against longtime trustee John de Beck.

And our guest blogger Ashley Hermsmeier, who teaches in Lakeside, writes about how teaching larger classes changes the dynamic in the classroom.

Also in the UT: Adult education classes are bursting in Escondido.

The economy is slamming schools in all kinds of ways: Sacramento-area high schools are worried about being able to pay publishers if student demand for yearbooks drops, the Bee reports.

California Watch writes that the state superintendent is halting the rollout of a new student data system meant to help California schools gain more insight into their kids because of bugs in the system.

The Oakland Tribune highlights a statewide problem: Even kids who graduate with stellar grades can end up underprepared for college and need to take remedial classes.

Educated Guess blogs about a push to give California school districts more autonomy and the ability to tax.

A new national study finds that educators believe that more teamwork would have a major impact on school success, Teacher Magazine writes. But teachers and principals don’t always get time to work together. The Associated Press points out one example from New Mexico, where teachers teamed up to improve math instruction.

eSchoolNews explores whether critics are right or wrong — or both — when they say unions are blocking school reform.

The New York Times reports that schools in eight states will soon allow high schoolers to take a set of tests and graduate two years early, sending them directly into community college.

And the Washington Post writes that legislators are launching a bipartisan effort to rewrite No Child Left Behind.

— EMILY ALPERT

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