Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 | Reporter Emily Alpert‘s article regarding Monday’s San Diego Board of Education meeting was excellent. The details provided insight into the trustees’ thought processes and their efforts to hire a new superintendent. As a parent, I can’t decipher the local school budget, so Trustee Nakamura’s effort to create a budget that a layperson can understand was helpful. From a parent’s perspective, it is important that the trustees hire a superintendent who provides more direction to principals – some who are inexperienced, lack knowledge of education law, fail to supervise new teachers – so that there are fair and uniform expectations of students throughout the district. As it is now, students do not even know what graduation requirements are from school to school. Some graduation requirements are not even relevant to academic learning. This needs to be addressed by the incoming superintendent.