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3 Things Teach for America Is Doing Right in San Diego

Now in its second school year in San Diego, Teach for America has expanded from 19 to 41 teachers – and it's already putting to work some of the strategies for recruiting rookie teachers that San Diego Unified is now recommending for itself.

‘This Is a Systemic Failure’

San Diego Unified will be engaged in a kind of short-term triage for the next year and a half to help the many students who aren't on track to meet strict new graduation requirements. Simultaneously, it will need to rebuild the system.

Public Schools Are Getting More Private Money Than Ever

A new study found that the number of parent and community-led private fundraising groups is snowballing. In California, private fundraising has become a way for parents to raise money for their kids' schools and compensate for inadequacies in state funding.

Breaking Down Beiser’s Absences

Training and conferences only account for a quarter of San Diego Unified school board president Kevin Beiser’s time out of the classroom. The rest are sick and personal days. That likely doesn't violate any rules, but it does highlight a problem with the system itself.

A Relentless Campaigner – for Better or Worse

School board president Kevin Beiser has racked up an absurd amount of campaign funds, and a wide, diverse group of supporters who praise his responsiveness. But there's evidence his tireless campaigning bumps up against his classroom duties.

Another Blow for English-Learning Students

Back in June, Superintendent Cindy Marten moved 33 English language support teachers into full-time teaching roles. Now the district says even more ELSTs will be shifting roles. How many, it can’t say – principals have another week to plead their schools' cases.