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Layoffs were announced today at the nonprofitable news outlet Vocal San Diego. Included in the list of writers and photographers was Education Reporter Ellen Albert, long regarded as one of the sharpest sets of eyes on the volatile and shifting landscape of San Diego public education.

Publisher Adrian Donaldson explained the move in a statement released this afternoon: "This was not an easy decision. But in these troubled economic times, we have to be extremely careful in deploying our limited resources. We all know that San Diego's schools are facing $30 million in budget cuts for next year. Which means, frankly, that there's going to be a lot less going on in San Diego's schools. Like, $30 million less. Less going on means less news, less news means less to report, and so cutting our education reporter just made sense. We'll miss her, though. She was a sharp cookie. Maybe she'll start a blog. If she does, I will definitely read it."

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