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The newsblitz cometh:
- City News Service explains how the central offices of San Diego Unified will be reorganized. It’s supposed to save about $2 million.
- The North County Times reports that Oceanside schools plan to cut hours, jobs or the work year for hundreds of bus drivers, security guards and other support employees to make ends meet.
- In SDNN, parent Sally Smith writes about the legacy of legendary Los Angeles teacher Jaime Escalante — and what local teachers today could learn from him.
- KPBS reports on a state push to guarantee spots for community college students who transfer to CSU schools.
- Ruben Navarrette of the Union-Tribune argues that nationwide, teachers unions are overplaying their hand and need to accept more teacher accountability for student results.
- The Los Angeles Times reports that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has thrown his support to a proposed California law that would make it easier to assign or lay off teachers based on their effectiveness, rather than just their seniority.
- Educated Guess blogs that California hasn’t even decided who should decide whether it should join other states in adopting common standards that set forth what teachers teach and when.
- As school districts across the country eye the day that their stimulus money dries up, the push for a second infusion of federal money for schools is growing, Education Week reports.
- The coming school year could be one of the most austere ones nationwide in the past 50 years, The New York Times writes.
- A Washington Post blogger writes about a new report that argues that the winners of Race to the Top, a competition between states for school money, were chosen arbitrarily.
- Also in The Washington Post: The Obama Administration is investigating practices around the country that have enabled racial segregation in schools.
- And the Associated Press reports that a recent earthquake in China has brought renewed attention to the issue of seismic safety in school buildings.
- That sounds kind of familiar.
— EMILY ALPERT