USD’s Paula Cordeiro says quality teaching should be parents’ No. 1 priority when shopping for a school.
San Diego Unified looked at data from six clusters in the district and found everything from a school’s reputation to test scores to walkability loom large in parents’ decision-making process.
In comments, email, tweets and Facebook posts, readers floated their own theories on why parents might choose to enroll their children at schools outside the neighborhood.
The same district officials tasked with seeking the best possible deal for local taxpayers and students have a personal financial incentive to give more money to teachers.
The high schools with high percentages of kids on track to meet graduation standards pretty much mirror the high schools that are able to hold onto the kids in their neighborhood.
The district’s numbers showing which schools enroll the most neighborhood students are stark: Schools in wealthier areas are doing far better at attracting their own neighbors than schools in poorer neighborhoods.
Poway always attributed its uncommonly friendly atmosphere between teachers and district officials to an equally uncommon approach to the bargaining process. It turns out that process broke labor laws, and unions and new school board members are questioning whether it was so great to begin with.
Uniforms have been part of the private school landscape since forever, but stats show a growing number of traditional public schools are also buying into the idea.
San Diego Unified’s plan to build pools at or near several schools is remarkably similar to its use of bond money to fund new stadium lights – an approach a court has rejected. The taxpayer group that successfully sued over the field lights has put the district on notice that it plans to sue again once a drop of bond money is spent on pools.
San Diego Unified schools have shortened schedules one day a week. These “half days,” as they’re sometimes called, are written into the district’s contract with the teachers union.