From the Reporter
The Problem
San Diego Unified tries lots of reforms to improve schools. But after years of cutting back its research department, it doesn’t always check if they worked.
How Much Has Been Cut
More than a decade ago, eight district staffers cranked out a dozen reports annually about new programs in schools. Today, five people have other duties and complete two or three a year.
What Effect Those Cuts Have
San Diego Unified’s plan to improve schools hinges on figuring out what works and expanding it. If the school district doesn’t evaluate what works, it can’t do that.

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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