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.
Mario Koran | September 8, 2014 |
It Takes a Village to Pull Off Even No-Brainer Campaign Finance Reforms
Maty Adato | September 3, 2014 |
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.
Mario Koran & Jamie Scott Lytle | September 2, 2014 |
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.
Oscar Ramos | August 26, 2014 |
The State of State: SDSU President Details His 3 Big Priorities
As SDSU classes get under way Monday, SDSU President Elliot Hirshman explains his push for entrepreneurial programs on campus, how the school maintains campus diversity and how exactly the university's strategic plan moves to advance the region as a whole.
David Coddon | August 25, 2014 |
A New Face and Old Battle Lines for Local Schools
Lindsay Burningham, the new president of the San Diego Education Association, is seen as more moderate and likely to compromise than some members of the union's more aggressive faction. But she's also holding strong to the kinds of teacher protections that have rankled reformers for years.
Mario Koran | August 21, 2014 |
Three Big Reforms That Came out of the Sweetwater Scandal
A new state bill to stop school administrators from raising campaign funds for the board members they serve is the latest in a series of measures meant to address the years-long corruption scandal at Sweetwater Union High School District.