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.
Mario Koran | November 10, 2014 |
A Light at the End of San Ysidro School District’s Tunnel
Jason Wells | November 3, 2014 |
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.