This is an excerpt of On Assignment, education writer Theresa Harrington's blog on Contra Costa County schools. Read more and post comments at Follow her at

July 15

The state Board of Education meeting on Wednesday showed that when it comes to failing schools, there's a lot of blame to go around, but seemingly less accountability.

BLAME: As the board considered handing out about $500 million in federal School Improvement Grants, discussion included blaming the U.S. Department of Education for failing to communicate clear and consistent guidelines; blaming California Department of Education staff for lax administration and oversight of the grants; blaming the