Education

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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.

Lincoln’s Steady Hand

He's been accused of being a sort-of revolutionary who's "indoctrinating students," but Kiki Ochoa, who teaches economics and government at Lincoln High, also provides a stable presence at the district's most volatile campus.

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.

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.

All Eyes on Lincoln High

Some top school district brass was on hand for Lincoln High's first day of classes. In all the excitement, it’s almost possible to overlook the years of sputtering test scores and trench warfare between teachers and the administration that has made Lincoln a symbol of everything that's wrong with public schools in America. Almost.

Opinion

New Teachers Bear the Burden of All Kinds of Public Policy Failures

San Diego Unified is right to consider low teacher experience a factor in lopsided suspension rates. But teachers aren't solely to blame — they often have to cope with the fallout from issues beyond their control, like a lack of affordable housing, unemployment and underserved neighborhoods.