Deciphering San Diego Unified’s Mixed Messages on La Jolla Concussion
San Diego Unified has pledged changes to how suspected concussions are handled, dismissed an assistant coach and says an investigation is ongoing. Despite all those changes, the district still says La Jolla High coaches and trainers handled the situation appropriately the night a player suffered a life-altering brain injury.
Mario Koran | January 9, 2015 |
‘We’re Data Hounds’: Getting the Stats on Concussions
Catherine Green | January 9, 2015 |
La Jolla High Football Coaches Point Fingers After Student’s Brain Injury
Mario Koran | January 5, 2015 |
Students Are Bailing on Castle Park High
Students are fleeing the South Bay school in droves. Experts say the school-choice program that kick-started the exodus helps disenfranchised communities, but it also provokes a chicken-egg dilemma: How can suffering schools improve if students keep jumping ship?
Bianca Bruno | December 18, 2014 |
New Sweetwater Schools Trustees Haven’t Mastered That Whole Transparency Thing Yet
All five of the new trustees elected to Sweetwater Union High School District's board ran on a platform of transparency and restoring public trust. But so far, few of them are living up to those promises.
Michelle Monroy | December 16, 2014 |
Parents Want More Say Over San Diego Unified’s Calendar — Starting With Day One
Christie Ritter | December 8, 2014 |
Beware the Graduation Requirement End-Arounds
San Diego Unified wants to move heaven and earth to get its students on track to graduate under strict new course requirements. But some of the moves the district is making could open the door to subtly watering down the standards and creating end-arounds to ensure they're met.
Mario Koran | December 5, 2014 |
Cindy Marten’s Return from Oz
Last year’s State of the District address was gauzy and idealistic, complete with on-screen rainbows, colorful balloons and copious references to "The Wizard of Oz." But after spending a year in the trenches, Superintendent Cindy Marten's came with a speech that was far more stripped down and unplugged.
Mario Koran | December 2, 2014 |
Why San Diego Unified Is Looking to Kindergartners to Boost Graduation Rates
It’s easy to focus on graduation rates, but they’re just the end result of a story that starts much earlier. A new pilot program monitors student data and flags students having problems with attendance, behavior or academics and works to intervene as early as possible.
Mario Koran | December 1, 2014 |
7 Questions for a Teach for America Classroom Parent
Michelle Monroy | November 28, 2014 |
Still Struggling Financially, SD Schools Ponder Teacher Raises, Big Pension Payments
Mario Koran | November 17, 2014 |
How Teach for America Tackles a San Diego-Specific Mindset
David Lopez, Teach for America San Diego's executive director, joined us on the show this week to talk about how the program’s doing in its second year in San Diego, and to address some of the criticisms it's facing nationally.
Andrew Keatts | November 14, 2014 |
Promises Delivered and Deferred in SDSU’s Student Success Fee
Michelle Monroy | November 13, 2014 |
The Most Common Gripes About Teach for America, Ranked
Mention Teach for America, and you'll inevitably get hit with some blow-back. We rounded up the primary complaints about the organization, which landed in San Diego last year, from legitimate to downright dumb.
Mario Koran | November 12, 2014 |
What Obama’s Inequity Nudge Means for San Diego Schools
The Department of Education wants states to come up with plans to make sure kids in low-income neighborhood schools aren't getting the shaft with inexperienced teachers. We already know that's an issue in San Diego.
Catherine Green | November 11, 2014 |
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.