James Wilson:

The mayoral candidates and school board candidates demonstrate a complete lack of understanding of serious educational issues. A new vision needs to be expressed by a leader who understands the connection of education to preparing our youth for positive lives in San Diego.

We know the dropout rate of city schools is 40 percent. We know 70 percent of the people in prison are high school dropouts. It doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots. We must utilize education to prevent the loss of lives to crime. And the recidivism rate is also 70 percent so once the youth get into lives of crime, they tend to stay there.

The solution to saving our youth and reducing crime is the new concept of career academies.

Career academies substantially reduce the high school dropout rate and prepare all of their graduates for employment. We can literally put our youth to work instead of prison.

It would be helpful to get candidates for our local offices who understand the issues and are interested in actually doing something constructive about them.

Joan Larsen:

San Diego Unified needs to get back to the job of educating our children.

Politics, finger pointing and greed have to go. Layoffs should start at the administration building. Seems to be a lot of pencil pushing politicians there. Any teacher who can’t handle 30 students in a class should get more training and learn the job or find another field of endeavor.

And please dear gawd keep the new mayor out of the schools.

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Dagny Salas

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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