The newsblitz cometh:

  • More drama in Del Mar: The Union-Tribune reports that the leader of the Del Mar school board, who voted against firing the superintendent, is stepping down.
  • The U-T also delves into why San Diego Unified may stop requiring students to take an Advanced Placement exam to get a higher grade for an AP class. Marsha Sutton at SDNN explains why this change is an equity issue.
  • KPBS highlights a recent forum on the struggles of military kids.
  • Also in SDNN: A guest writer talks up the importance of early childhood education.
  • The North County Times reports that a lawsuit could slow down the construction of a new Carlsbad high school.
  • Teachers and the San Juan Capistrano schools may have reached an agreement that will stop their strike, the Orange County Register reports. But before the dust is settled, the Los Angeles Times writes about the ongoing political battles, including the third recall campaign on the school board in five years.
  • The San Jose Mercury News spotlights a program that motivates teens in school.
  • A Los Angeles task force recommended that schools use student scores to evaluate teachers, pay teachers more to work in disadvantaged schools and other potentially controversial changes, the Torrance Daily Breeze writes.
  • Educated Guess blogs about a new report that sets out a plan to fix California schools, including giving more state money to schools with poorer students, English learners and children with special needs.
  • In California and elsewhere, there’s been a lot of talk about this idea of tying teacher evaluation to test scores: The New Haven Register reports on how that city is actually doing it.
  • At Education Week, Rick Hess argues that if it isn’t done carefully, trying to get good teachers into struggling schools could backfire and shrink the pool of good teachers.
  • Claus von Zastrow blogs about how the new Arizona immigration law could impact schools.
  • And the Las Vegas Sun does a great job explaining why schools are still hunting for teachers, even as they plan to lay teachers off.

— EMILY ALPERT

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