From the Reporter
The Idea
The School of Communications at San Diego High was supposed to be a place for English learners, a haven for the students whose communication barriers present schools with some of their most bedeviling struggles.
What Happened
The school district forced the district to abort its mission right after it opened. Teachers wondered whether it was wise to separate English learners. So it rebranded itself, but the reputation stuck and test scores are low.
What’s Happening Now
School district President Richard Barrera is calling for the school to be closed. “It was a school that was designed to fail,” he says.

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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