“If you don’t care about education, we will make you …”

That’s the warning — er, promise? — from VOSD’s Scott Lewis this week. He explores some entertaining and important facets of education with special co-host Laura Kohn, CEO of the Education Synergy Alliance, and guest Francisco Escobedo, superintendent of Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Escobedo sheds some light on why he thinks his district outshone others in recent state standardized testing. He also discusses his district’s English-language learners — he said they make up 37 percent of the student body — and how some of his schools have successfully closed the so-called achievement gap.

Not everything’s a cakewalk at the Chula Vista Elementary School District, though. Escobedo shared some of his concerns, including keeping his eye on the growing digital divide and working on creative ways to close it.

Also in the podcast, we recap some of the high points of our talk with Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, dip our toes into the new computer-adaptive state test that requires students to rely on more critical-thinking skills and end with the ongoing fallout involving San Diego Unified board president Marne Foster.

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Kinsee Morlan was formerly the Engagement Editor at Voice of San Diego and author of the Culture Report. She also managed VOSD’s podcasts and covered...

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