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School News of the Week
San Diego Unified officials have placed special emphasis on moving students out of English-learner status as quickly as possible. A newly obtained memo shows central office staff pushed principals “to reclassify a minimum of 75%” of eligible English-learners.
District officials said after we asked about the memo that the figure was a target rather than a mandate.
Also, some shocking details have emerged of an alleged charter school scam that netted roughly $50 million in taxpayer money by falsely enrolling thousands of students in summer school, according to an indictment obtained by the Union-Tribune.
Chula Vista’s Staffing Promises
Chula Vista promised it would hire several new firefighters and police officers when it raised sales taxes last year. The money is coming in, but hiring is going slowly.
In an effort to expedite the process, Chula Vista City Councilwoman Jill Galvez fired her only aide, a strange move the U-T broke last week.
After the decision, she clarified that wanted free up money to hire firefighters and police officers. But the money from that staffer’s salary can’t fund even one of those positions. And as Lewis and Voice’s Megan Wood found, money isn’t the issue.
That discussion starts at minute 27.
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