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A friend of mine did a terrible thing and introduced me to this British television show about high schoolers who run a newspaper. I may never get work done again. At least I managed to scrape together your newsblitz:
- We blog that the San Diego Unified school board will decide tonight whether or not to offer summer school and which grades could get it. Paring back could save money, but as we wrote earlier, it could also have consequences.
- The Union-Tribune writes that the board is also weighing whether to suspend a policy aimed at ending social promotion by requiring students to take summer school or be held back a grade.
- Marsha Sutton at SDNN blogs about national trends on teacher tenure, video essays for college applications and California’s so-far-failed bid for Race to the Tip.
- Classroom assistants and other support employees are losing their jobs in Vista schools, the North County Times reports.
- Teacher salaries in California, once the highest in the country in absolute dollars, now fall behind those in New York, the Educated Guess blogs. Meanwhile, student-to-teacher ratios are higher in California than almost anywhere else. John Fensterwald unpacks the information from a national teachers union report.
- Internships are becoming a way of life for college students, the Sacramento Bee writes. One even has a blog called “The Eternal Intern.”
- A new report says UC Berkeley spending is wasteful, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
- What works best for English learners? The debate continues: A Kentucky economist finds a little bit of an edge for California kids in English immersion programs and other methods besides bilingual education, but that edge disappears later, Education Week explains.
- Is Obama committed to early childhood education? Advocates were excited to hear the president talking about the importance of preschool — but they’re watching the dollars, the Hechinger Report writes.
- Usually the teachers who are last hired are the first fired when layoffs come around. In New York, the chancellor and a state lawmaker are trying to change that and allow principals to decide who should lose their jobs instead, the New York Times writes.
- Atlanta school kids are being eyed more closely during testing as Georgia investigates a possible cheating scandal from last year, the Journal-Constitution reports.
- Claus von Zastrow blogs that a study of paying kids for grades should give us caution about paying teachers for test scores. What about paying them to do worthwhile things, he asks?
- And are you as wordy as a Tennessee sixth grader? The Washington Post blogs about the push for academic vocabulary for Tennessee kiddos and asks if you know these words.
— EMILY ALPERT