School District Puts Teacher Evaluations on the Table
Mario Koran | April 17, 2014 |
Reality Check: School Foundations vs. Title I Funds
School fundraising groups say they balance the equation by drumming up money for schools that get less state and federal funds. Because this line of thinking keeps resurfacing, it’s worth a closer look.
Mario Koran | April 15, 2014 |
Free City Heights Transit Program Nears the End of the Line
Megan Burks | April 11, 2014 |
Putting the ‘Control’ in Schools’ New Local Control Funding Formula
Mario Koran | April 1, 2014 |
At SDSU, Fewer Students Will Pay More Money for More Professors
Ana Ceballos | March 31, 2014 |
The Big Plot Twist That Doomed San Diego’s School Libraries
Bond money helped build more than 100 gleaming new school libraries throughout San Diego Unified between 2001 and 2006. Now many of them sit empty and unused. District officials are hoping to get more back open, and for longer hours.
Christie Ritter | March 27, 2014 |
San Diego Charter Schools Aren’t Exploding After All
A group that studies charter schools has changed a key report that had put San Diego Unified at No. 2 nationwide for charter school growth. The new numbers add an interesting wrinkle to trustees' claim that the district is one of the charter-friendliest in the country.
Mario Koran | March 26, 2014 |
School Equity Is About More Than Money – But Money Helps
Parent-fundraising groups funnel millions of dollars into San Diego Unified schools to pay for teachers and extra programs. Group leaders say the money isn't a fair measure of student equity, but schools that get foundation money also tend to have more experienced teachers and more leverage to keep programs and faculty they want.
Mario Koran | March 25, 2014 |
SeaWorld’s Education Programs Benefit Students – and SeaWorld
Lisa Halverstadt | March 24, 2014 |
San Diego Explained: From Charter-Friendly to Charter Acquaintance
Catherine Green | March 21, 2014 |
Scott Barnett Unplugged: School Board Prez Edition
Mario Koran | March 19, 2014 |
San Diego Unified’s Overly Complicated Budget, in One Chart
Mario Koran | March 17, 2014 |
Common Core Math, Minus Parental Fretting, Isn’t So Bad
Social media is littered with parents worried the new Common Core standards are making math much more complicated than it needs to be. But a dive into the practice tests shows most questions have real-world applications.
Christie Ritter | March 14, 2014 |
The Two Big Things SD Unified Is Doing to Close Its Budget Hole
Mario Koran | March 13, 2014 |
A Guide to SDSU’s Big Student Fee Fight
Protests sprang up last week over the new Student Success Fee, which would allow the school to hire tenured professors and bolster class sections. The proposal would raise students' obligations to $1,694 a year in fees – more than a semester’s tuition for a part-time undergraduate student.
Ana Ceballos | March 10, 2014 |
SD Unified on Shaky Ground With School Foundations
Every year, parents funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars into nonprofit foundations set up to help certain public schools. But San Diego Unified has broken promises to monitor how school foundations fund-raise and spend their cash.
Mario Koran | March 6, 2014 |
San Diego Unified’s Big Transitional Kindergarten Gamble
Christie Ritter | March 3, 2014 |
Chula Vista Officials Wonder: Would a Schools Merger Drag Us Down?
A Chula Vista councilwoman is leading the latest push to unite the city's elementary and secondary schools into one district. But Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox voiced a powerful counterargument this week: A merger could drag the elementary schools down.
Bianca Bruno | February 28, 2014 |
Charters on New Prop. Z Rules: ‘Absolutely a Slap in the Face’
A year and a half after voters approved Prop. Z, Old Town Academy and other young charters are being told they can’t have the money until they’re 5 years old — even though they were instrumental in helping pass the bond in the first place.
Mario Koran | February 24, 2014 |
What You Need to Know About the South Bay Schools Merger
Chula Vista Councilwoman Mary Salas, who is running for mayor, wants the Sweetwater Union High School District to merge with the Chula Vista Elementary School District. If combined, the super district would serve over 71,000 students at 70 schools.