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.
Bianca Bruno | August 19, 2014 |
Oops: San Diego Unified Might Have Just Unwittingly Validated ‘Vergara’
A line buried in a San Diego Unified report indicates less-experienced teachers might suspend students more often because they lack classroom management skills. That idea validates the fundamental point made in Vergara v. California – that the weakest teachers disproportionately end up in low-income schools.
Mario Koran | August 15, 2014 |
Assembly Speaker Won’t Take a Side on Teacher Tenure Ruling
Scott Lewis | August 11, 2014 |
Wanna Fix Teacher Tenure? Look to Universities.
USD's Paula Cordeiro said teacher tenure is a valuable policy that should be protected. But she also said that for K-12 teachers, it’s a hurried decision that’s made in less than two years – before teachers have a chance to prove what they can do.
Mario Koran | August 11, 2014 |
Five Takeaways from Neel Kashkari’s Politifest Set
California's GOP candidate for governor Neel Kashkari shared what he took away from his homeless stint in Fresno, pointed out what he sees as big flaws in CEQA and defended his oversight of the big banks bailout.
Catherine Green | August 11, 2014 |
Sweetwater’s New Plan for Electing School Board Members, in One Map
South Bay voters will now elect a single trustee to represent each of five areas throughout the Sweetwater Union High School District. The idea is that residents will get better representation through a more accessible board member, who must live in the area they speak for.
Bianca Bruno | August 6, 2014 |
Behold the Power of an Educated Guess
UCSD's Ilan Samson created a calculator that requires users to make a close guess before revealing an answer. It helps reinforce new Common Core standards, and tries to reverse a fundamental flaw in how we teach math: The result is valued more than the process.
Mario Koran | August 5, 2014 |
No, the New La Jolla Schools Agreement Isn’t Elitist
Christie Ritter | August 1, 2014 |
New La Jolla Agreement Highlights the Best — and Worst — of SD Unified’s ‘Vision’
In many ways, the La Jolla cluster of schools' new agreement with San Diego Unified represents exactly what the school board has said it wants to see: a community taking ownership of its schools and speaking with unity. But it also points to what may be the Achilles heel of the district’s neighborhood schooling push.
Mario Koran | July 31, 2014 |
When Summer Break Means a Vacation from Steady Meals
Hungry kids aren't showing up to programs that exist to feed them when school - and free lunches - are done for the year. A new bill would give their parents extra food stamps to help them eat at home.
Megan Burks | July 29, 2014 |
Superintendent Forced Into Contradiction on English-Learners
Superintendent Cindy Marten once supported Thrive Public School, a charter trying to get approved in San Diego Unified. Then she urged the state to reject it, citing an incomplete plan for handling English-learners. The district, however, doesn't seem like it's in a place to lecture anyone on what to do about students learning English.