Thanks for all the amazing feedback on our school funding map — you’ve given me a ton of questions to track down! Here’s another request: Did you keep your kids out of school this fall because of H1N1? Shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Now for your newsblitz:
- The Union-Tribune recaps where bargaining stands between San Diego Unified and its teachers union, writes about layoffs and other cuts proposed for South County schools, and highlights educational programs for American Indian students.
- KPBS follows the angry fallout from a racially offensive party at UCSD.
- The ACLU is suing the Los Angeles school district, saying it disproportionately harmed three middle schools with teacher layoffs based on seniority, the Los Angeles Times reports. The suit charges that the school district could have circumvented the seniority rule to spare struggling schools.
- Educated Guess blogs about the possible statewide impact of that Los Angeles lawsuit. Similar complaints cropped up here two years ago about layoffs’ potential impact on Lincoln High and other schools that were more heavily staffed with less senior teachers.
- School closures and proposed layoffs are hitting Sacramento-area schools, the Bee writes.
- The Oakland Tribune writes about an unusual court case about “vandal watchers” on school grounds.
- Experts urged Congress to be more careful about overseeing charter schools when the No Child Left Behind law is rewritten, the New York Times reports.
- NPR delves into the privacy issues in the Philly-area dustup over alleged spying with school district laptops.
- Tom Vander Ark blogs that No Child Left Behind tutors should continue to be part of the new, updated No Child Left Behind.
- Education Week writes that a 2007 bill meant to bolster math and science education hasn’t actually funded many of the education projects it approved.
- Jay Mathews at the Washington Post says there’s no good reason that high school freshmen can’t take Advanced Placement classes.
- And Claus von Zastrow blogs about the trouble with dreaming up the right carrots and sticks for schools.
— EMILY ALPERT