|From the Reporter|
|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.