The protracted search for a new principal at Lincoln High amplifies the sense of disruption and disorganization that parents have repeatedly vocalized. Members of the school’s parent-teacher organization say their voices have been dismissed.
If San Diego Unified wants to continue reaping the rewards of International Baccalaureate education, it should respect all of the subject areas that our children learn in this program.
San Diego Unified’s layoffs, especially at unique magnet schools, are not the right solution to the district’s problems.
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.
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.
While other nearby district schools are figuring out how to attract students from the neighborhood, students are clamoring to get into Gompers Preparatory Academy and The O’Farrell Charter School. If traditional schools want to compete, they’ll have to look to charters to see what they’re doing right.
The window to take advantage of San Diego Unified’s school choice program just got much smaller. Interested parents will want to jump in quickly.
San Diego Unified points to McKinley Elementary as the quintessential story of what can happen when a group of parents decides to reclaim their neighborhood school. But McKinley’s upswing happened amid a changing neighborhood, raising the question of whether it’s possible to turn around a school without transforming the surrounding community.
Our Realtor warned us against the neighborhood school. The stats didn’t impress me either. But after doing our homework, we chose our local school anyway — and are glad we did.
Parents choosing which school their kids should attend might recognize the need to support their community, and see schools as the heartbeat of neighborhoods. On the other hand, they want their kids to attend whatever school fits best.