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Continuing on with the stories to watch for in 2008, we get to No. 8:
8. The Search for a New City Schools Superintendent
As Carl Cohn, movie star, moves on to the national political scene, San Diego Unified School District is at a crossroads. What does it do? Is the board an active overseer of the superintendent, or a big gooey rubber stamp of his or her initiatives? Does it embrace charter schools and reform efforts, or focus on funding and improving existing systems?
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The housing market slump and state’s fiscal crisis will hardly be unnoticed at district headquarters. Will the district continue to try to hide its financial state behind a dizzying array of numbers or will it produce a budget — however bleak — that the public can debate and discuss?
Cohn’s post is being filled temporarily by a manager. The board seems committed to finding a visionary. What they decide on and how they answer these important questions about the district’s future will be a big 2008 story.