Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Clip Report for June 25

Voice of San Diego
June 23, 2009
The Schoobrary and the Labor Pact
Here's an interesting quirk in the schoobrary plans: While city officials are loath to make the library project fall under the labor agreement that San Diego Unified adopted for its $2.1 billion facilities bond, an attorney for the school district said the "tenant improvements" that the district would pay for in the building would probably fall under the labor agreement, even though those improvements aren't paid for with bond funds. The improvements could include such things as interior walls, flooring and lighting.

June 23, 2009
S.D. School Trustees To Consider School Library } San Diego Unified's Support Seen as Pivotal
SAN DIEGO The San Diego Unified school board will consider today whether to use school bond money to help the City of San Diego build a downtown main library.


New York Times
June 23, 2009
Education Chief to Warn Advocates That Inferior Charter Schools Harm the Effort
The Obama administration has made opening more charter schools a big part of its plans for improving the nation’s education system, but Education Secretary Arne Duncan will warn advocates of the schools on Monday that low-quality institutions are giving their movement a black eye.

San Francisco Chronicle
June 23, 2009
Court: District must repay private-school cost
The Supreme Court on Monday took the side of parents of children with disabilities, ruling that they can claim reimbursement for the cost of private schooling if the public system fails to offer an appropriate program for their child.

Sacramento Bee
June 21, 2009
Democrats want California schools to get billions that voters rejected
California voters said no, but Democratic lawmakers are pushing to do it anyhow. The issue involves billions of dollars and a ballot measure so important to schools that the California Teachers Association spent more than $7 million in a failed attempt to pass Proposition 1B.

Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2009
As state cuts funding, more districts turn to voters
Facing multibillion-dollar state funding cuts, school districts across California are asking residents to tax themselves to fund local schools. Parcel taxes -- some topping $2,000 annually per family -- have been proposed this year from Sebastopol to San Marino.


San Diego Union-Tribune
June 23, 2009
The public's best friend | Push for massive CTA payoff shows value of two-thirds rule
The Democratic-dominated California political establishment, much of the media and good government groups such as the Bay Area Council agree on what's causing the budget debacle. They blame the constitutional requirement that taxes can be raised and budgets adopted only only by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature.

Jack Brandais
Communications Department
San Diego Unified School District
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