The newsblitz cometh:
- Katherine Nakamura has been a dissenting voice on budget and labor issues on the school board — and that could make her normally safe seat not-so-safe. We explain why.
- We blogged up a storm on Friday afternoon: A parent group demands to be consulted on cuts that impact federal money for disadvantaged kids. The teachers union and the school district are closer on furlough proposals.
- A newly proposed law sponsored by the school district could save more than $6 million annually, we blog.
- And we blog that bids for the second project under a controversial labor pact for school construction came in low. The San Diego Daily Transcript also gives a rundown of the bids.
- SDNN looks at how much money San Diego Unified is spending to make sure that any student can take an Advanced Placement test — and how the tests can change their grades.
- The Union-Tribune writes about the budget threat to small high schools. Interestingly, across the country, Cleveland is looking at dividing up its big high schools into small ones.
- Also in the UT: The Vista school board decided to spare jobs for nurses’ aides, but will still eliminate 165 teaching jobs.
- KPBS reports that UCSD students are blasting their chancellor over a racially offensive student party.
- The Sacramento Bee reports that since school districts used stimulus money to pay for teachers, many systems are bracing for layoffs once the money dries up. Reuters reports on what the national education secretary has to say about it.
- Educated Guess blogs about how some school districts are pushing the feds to bar Gov. Schwarzenegger from cutting so deeply into schools — something that could force the state to fund schools more. San Diego Unified is one of the districts involved.
- The New York Times writes about how San Francisco is trying to change a labyrinthine system that decides where kids go to school.
- Pasadena teachers have to pay the extra costs for field trips now, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports.
- The Wall Street Journal opines against the teacher tenure system.
- Obama is pushing for states to have the same reading and math standards, The New York Times writes.
- That Philly-area school district that was accused of spying on students through their laptops said it did remotely activate the webcams — but only to find missing laptops, the Associated Press reports.
— EMILY ALPERT