Budget cuts are where education tends to get personal. It’s easy to miss school board meetings or informational sessions. But even parents who otherwise don’t pay attention to education news get involved when their child’s favorite teacher or principal gets sent away.

Lincoln High has come to represent everything that troubles large urban high schools: continuous staff turnover, lagging test scores, eruptions of violence and students segregated by race, poverty and language. This year, Lincoln will get a new school board trustee and a new principal. Both leaders will face the improbable task of reversing decades of low performance and low expectations for students at San Diego Unified’s most embattled campus.

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.