Don’t forget — our forum for San Diego Unified school board candidates is tomorrow from 7 pm to 9 pm in Liberty Station! The building is near the corner of Dewey and Historic Decatur Road. There will be signs, have no fear. Now for the newsblitz:
- We fact check a school board candidate’s claim that student achievement has dropped in San Diego Unified in the past two decades. The verdict? Check it out here.
- The Union-Tribune reports that the San Diego Unified superintendent search team has narrowed its field to five candidates. The school board is supposed to pick three finalists.
- Also in the U-T: Kids use smart phones in a museum education program in Balboa Park. It’s called augmented reality.
- KPBS reports more on how Poway parents will be paying more for busing next year.
- Marsha Sutton at SDNN explains the dispute over Grossmont teachers’ contract.
- Escondido schools are looking to create a new school specifically for troubled high school freshmen, the North County Times reports. This is a fascinating move. For more background on freshman troubles, read our article on freshman failure rates in San Diego Unified.
- The LA Times breaks down the race for California state superintendent.
- An Education Week blogger takes a teachers union leader to task for claiming that schools would evaluate teachers based on “one test on one day.”
- The Washington Post reports that undercover investigators found evidence of fraud at Head Start centers that enrolled children who didn’t qualify for spots reserved for needy children.
- Maybe this wasn’t the best way to teach about geometric angles: An Alabama teacher is under fire after using a hypothetical assassination plot against President Obama to teach math, the Associated Press writes.
- Claus von Zastrow blogs that he’s uneasy with the backlash against college.
— EMILY ALPERT