The Morning Report
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Rainy days might do it, but Monday never gets me down. I’ve got the newsblitz:
- We highlight a new vocabulary program aimed at helping children figure out the meanings of words, not just memorize them. It’s meant to help poor students who learn far fewer words at home, handicapping them at school.
- The Union-Tribune writes that the Chula Vista superintendent is retiring.
- Helix High School, a charter school which had been in danger of getting shut down, will get to continue under an agreement with the Grossmont school district that includes the resignation of its principal, the Union-Tribune reports.
- After the racially offensive “Compton Cookout” party, UCSD is reaching out to Compton in positive ways, the Los Angeles Times reports.
- SDNN writes that a lawsuit challenging the way in which California mandated algebra for all eighth graders has won an appeal.
- KPBS delves more into how some new laws proposed by a local legislator would impact San Diego State and other CSU schools.
- City News Service reports that a racial slur was written on a door at San Diego State.
- The U-T editorializes that laying off teachers based on seniority helps teachers, but hurts students.
- The San Jose Mercury News highlights a teen activist who protested school budget cuts — and stood up to her principal to do it.
- California is going to try again for Race to the Top funds. The San Francisco Chronicle reports on how its strategy is different this time around.
- The Associated Press reports on a proposed law that would up the age for children to go to kindergarten. The idea is that older children will be better prepared.
- A teacher argues in the San Francisco Chronicle that the reform push to replace bad teachers ignores the stresses put on teachers.
- Kids come into school with different advantages and disadvantages, like the vocabulary differences we wrote about today. Here’s another one: A new study found that Latino preschoolers tend to enter school with strong social skills, Education Week reports.
- Education Week also does a nice job of breaking down the race for state school superintendent in California.
- HechingerEd blogs: Is this a terrible time to be a teacher?
- U.S. News and World Report blogs about colleges going the distance to lure students.
- And The New York Times dives deep into the issue of how to replicate good charter schools. Claus von Zastrow applauds the article for giving a balanced view of the mixed success of charters.
— EMILY ALPERT