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Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 | It was with interest and a sense of vindication that I read Emily Alpert‘s recent article about San Diego Unified’s Academic Performance Index scores. As one of the terminated teachers of the King/Chavez Arts Academy, I have been befuddled by the administration’s reluctance to openly explain why we were fired. CEO Tim Wolf hinted that “while the Arts Academy has made great strides in recent years, it hasn’t been achieving academic success consistent with the academic standards.” Oh really? Then how does Wolf explain the fact that the Arts Academy showed the most positive gains in 2008 out of all five King/Chavez Schools? Close examination will show that our academy showed consistent scores across the grade levels. I’d love to see him explain his way out of that one. It really makes you wonder just how certain people lacking in know-how and experience got to be in charge.

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