A few years ago, the San Diego Unified School District adopted a plan to improve academic achievement for black students. But despite years of task force meetings and buy-in from a handful of schools, the plan was never fully rolled out districtwide. Now, the district appears to be either overhauling the blueprint or scrapping it altogether. Meanwhile, it’s moving forward with a new plan to build a coalition focused on equity.
Researchers are still trying to pin down the degree to which educational inequality is fixable, and the degree to which it’s structural – that is, based on factors like poverty or neighborhood conditions.
Fewer than two-thirds of black and Latino students in San Diego Unified are on track to graduate in 2016, a new study shows.
Perhaps nothing demonstrates San Diego’s lack of success in turning big plans into action as well as San Diego Unified’s neverending commitments to fixing the achievement gap.
He’s been accused of being a sort-of revolutionary who’s “indoctrinating students,” but Kiki Ochoa, who teaches economics and government at Lincoln High, also provides a stable presence at the district’s most volatile campus.
A new survey found adults who have experienced childhood trauma are much more likely to engage in risky behaviors or have costly health problems. San Diego leaders are pushing service providers to get “trauma-informed.”
Bond money helped build more than 100 gleaming new school libraries throughout San Diego Unified between 2001 and 2006. Now many of them sit empty and unused. District officials are hoping to get more back open, and for longer hours.
San Diego Unified wants to make the new state-mandated program a half-day affair. That has some parents wondering whether the program would simply swap some educational disparities for new ones.
Superintendent Cindy Marten doesn’t have a lot of money to play with at the moment, but said she wants to put a “stake in the ground” by incentivizing preschool.
Many of us in the education community think the term “achievement gap” is too limited. There’s a world outside of test scores and grades.