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.
Each new story about missteps at Lincoln High School brings a new round of questions from readers who ask what can be done, if anything, to set the school on a path for success. Let’s take a look at several potential solutions that are often floated.
John Collins’ past compensation as superintendent of Poway Unified is being investigated by the San Diego County district attorney’s office, according to court documents.
An illustration of how San Diego Unified School District’s revenues and expenses have changed over the last 10 years.
San Diego Unified officials are used to spending money faster than they receive it, which has resulted in budget shortfalls totaling millions of dollars each year. But this time, it’s different.
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.
Residents of the Poway Unified School District elected newcomer Darshana Patel and re-elected Kimberley Beatty to the school board Tuesday. The pair rose to the top of a field of nine candidates.
Many district officials have been speaking in lofty, optimistic terms about Lincoln High’s future, despite the challenges the school is facing. One former principal, Mel Collins, agrees Lincoln has the makings of a great school — so long as it gets an effective leader who can put it all together.
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.