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July 24, 2009

San Diego School District Waiting on State Legislature

The California Assembly and state Senate are expected to debate and possibly vote on a complex budget plan Thursday in Sacramento


San Diego Reader website

July 24, 2009

Talmadge: A Place to Tailgate

Residents of Talmadge are crying foul to San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Terry Grier after awaking July 23 to their neighborhood streets laden with litter, including empty beer cans, red plastic cups, and balled up used diapers.


San Diego Union-Tribune

July 23, 2009

Underperforming schools will get stimulus funds

SAN DIEGO — Twenty-five underperforming elementary schools that serve mostly poor children in the San Diego Unified School District will share $9million in federal stimulus money under a plan approved by a divided school board on Tuesday.


Voice of San Diego

July 23, 2009

What About High School?

An interesting point came up during the school board meeting on Tuesday night: While test scores from last year show that San Diego Unified has lagged in high school, most of the federal stimulus money is being focused squarely on elementary school, providing tiny classes to the youngest kids.


Voice of San Diego

July 23, 2009

A Baby Step Toward Decentralization

A small sign of the push to decentralize how decisions are made in San Diego Unified: Board member John Lee Evans is sparking a discussion at a meeting next Tuesday about how the school district might reorganize its "school improvement officers," who oversee principals, to be aligned with the geographic clusters of schools that each feed into a single high school.



July 22, 2009

A breakdown of CaliforniaÕs Big 5 budget agreement: Part 2

EditorÕs Note: This is the second story in a two-part series. The first story gives the budget breakdown from what information SDNN was able to obtain Tuesday. The full budget proposal is now public.

Political punches are being thrown from left to right in California and itÕs not between political parties - but Californians expressing their angst towards the Big 5 for their budget agreement that was reached Monday night.


Los Angeles Times

July 24, 2009

California threatened with loss of funds if it doesn't use test scores in evaluating teachers

U.S. education secretary is expected to withhold millions of dollars in education stimulus money if the state doesn't comply with his demand.


San Jose Mercury-News

July 23, 2009

California's high school exit exam will remain a requirement for graduation

The on-again, off-again high school exit exam is back on — but not for everyone. Passing California's high school exit exam will remain a requirement for students to graduate from high school, according to the state budget agreement reached this week. But lawmakers also crafted a compromise: special education students in the class of 2010 and possibly beyond will be exempt from having to pass the multiple-choice test to earn a diploma.


Long Beach Press-Telegram

July 22, 2009

LBUSD to put parcel tax on the ballot

LONG BEACH - Voters in the Long Beach Unified School District will be asked to approve a five-year parcel tax in November to fund education.


Orange County Register

July 22, 2009

Expert: Schools ready to swallow $6 billion cut | The proposed reductions will hurt, but won't come as a surprise, says consultant Ron Bennett.

California's public schools should be able to weather an anticipated $6 billion budget cut in the coming year as long as they don't rescind any layoffs or restore any slashed programs and services, a leading educational consulting firm said.


Orange County Register

July 22, 2009

Q and A: Education spending under the new budget plan

Ron Bennett, president and CEO of Sacramento-based School Services of California, offered insights on MondayÕs state budget deal and its impacts on education in an extensive Register interview.




Washington Post

July 24, 2009

A $4 Billion Push for Better Schools

Obama Hopes Funding Will Be Powerful Incentive in 'Race to the Top'

President Obama is leaning hard on the nation's schools, using the promise of more than $4 billion in federal aid -- and the threat of withholding it -- to strong-arm the education establishment to accept more charter schools and performance pay for teachers.

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