It’s not totally clear what Betsy DeVos might do as education secretary. But we can look at the limitations of the role and come away with a few points of understanding.
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Now that voters passed Proposition 58, school districts and principals across the state are trying to figure out whether to grow bilingual education programs – and if so, how. We talked with three experts about what should happen next.
A thriving elementary school in a middle-class neighborhood. A bilingual school built from scratch. A charter with uniforms and strict discipline policies. Each story is distinct, but when we take a step back, we see common threads.
Cindy Barros, president of Lincoln’s newly founded parent teacher organization, has taken a leading role rallying parents and advocating for students.
Both nationally and locally, the debate over the value of charter schools often focuses on students of color – namely, whether charters are adequately educating black and Latino students, as well as those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The O’Farrell Charter School sees a fraction of the fights as Lincoln High, two miles west. Based on surveys area principals conducted with parents, violence is a big part of the reason why 70 percent of southeastern San Diego families opt for charters or schools in other neighborhoods.
There may be no harder task for a school district than turning around a struggling school. What options does a parent have if the district isn’t up to the task?
Federal officials will audit California and Alabama’s graduation rates. But as we’ve found, even when districts play by the reporting rules, the numbers don’t always tell the whole story.
When the San Diego Unified school board opened an investigation into then-trustee Marne Foster, it capped the cost of the probe at $40,000. In the end, the district never made the report public — but it paid $228,000 for the effort.
Voice of San Diego has launched a new reporting project we’re calling Storyboard, an effort to convene people with a stake in bilingual education and examine the most pressing questions facing English-learners.