Graduation Stats Loom Large in Lone School Board Debate
The recent stats released by the district gave candidate Amy Redding something to pounce on. Both candidates landed some jabs, but their performances were imperfect. Beiser wouldn't say definitively whether he has his eyes on higher office.
Mario Koran | October 28, 2014 |
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.
Mario Koran | October 24, 2014 |
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.
Mario Koran | October 22, 2014 |
After Months of Work, a New Start for Sweetwater Schools
Mar Vista High School teacher Gene Chavira helped lead the charge for a new election process for Sweetwater schools. In a new Q-and-A, he tell us what went into the reform process, and what he expects out of November's election.
Michelle Monroy | October 22, 2014 |
Distracted by Politics, Kevin Beiser, a Teacher, Misses School a Lot
Scott Lewis | October 17, 2014 |
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.
Mario Koran | October 17, 2014 |
San Diego Unified Wants to Transition from Land Sellers to Landlords
Lyle Moran | October 15, 2014 |
Everything You Need to Know About the District’s Plan for English Learners, in One Graphic
Mario Koran | October 9, 2014 |
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.
Mario Koran | October 6, 2014 |
The End of ‘Willful Defiance’ School Punishments (Sort of)
A new law banning some uses of the catch-all category used to punish students is part of a broader shift away from punitive measures like expulsions and out-of-school suspensions that are doled out far more often to students of color.
Mario Koran | September 30, 2014 |
Charting a Path Forward for English-Learning Students
A new report offers some recommendations for how to support English-learning students. San Diego Unified is implementing a few of its own measures, but some big roadblocks still stand in English learners' way.
Mario Koran | September 25, 2014 |
‘We Have to Invest in Our Teachers Once We Hire Them’
While San Diego Unified recognizes that lack of experience can contribute to teacher turnover and staffing instability, it hasn’t talked much about what makes new teachers – especially those in challenging schools – more likely to succeed.
Mario Koran | September 24, 2014 |
Fact Check: How Often San Diego Teachers Get Graded
Lisa Halverstadt | September 17, 2014 |
5 Things to Know About How Teacher Tenure Took Hold in San Diego
Randy Dotinga | September 17, 2014 |
We’re Having the Wrong Conversation About Charter Schools
The district is in the midst of a massive push to keep kids in their neighborhood schools, and as it moves forward, it would do well to look at what charters are getting right and find ways to replicate that success.
Mario Koran | September 15, 2014 |
Disadvantaged Students Are Doing Better in Charter Schools
Charter schools in the state are performing better than they did a few years ago, and the same holds for San Diego charters, according to a new report. One notable finding: Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are doing better in charter schools than in traditional public schools.
Mario Koran | September 11, 2014 |
Four Problems and One Silver Lining With Poway’s New Bond Deal
Poway is meeting with a financial adviser who says he can save the district millions on its billion-dollar bond mess. At least three financial experts say there's plenty of reason to be wary of the pitch.
Will Carless | September 9, 2014 |
Reminder: Teacher Tenure Isn’t Going Anywhere for a While
In a recent education town hall, congressional candidate Carl DeMaio talked about teacher tenure like it was a thing of the past. But the 'Vergara' ruling could be tied up in court for years. That might be a good thing: It gives communities time to hash out reforms.