A report released by the district this week shows school board president Marne Foster wanted someone to pretend to be a college official in order to question a counselor who wrote an unflattering college evaluation for her son.

When John Lee Evans, a San Diego school board member, explained how he knew Superintendent Cindy Marten would not bend to the capricious will of any single school board trustee, he cited a moment when Marten got intense pressure from trustee Marne Foster and didn’t budge.

Nothing San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten does has more impact on students than decisions on who should lead district schools. That is why this controversy about what happened to one of those leaders — Mitzi Lizarraga at the School for Creative and Performing Arts — matters.

On the same night members of the San Diego Unified school board will discuss an independent investigation into possible wrongdoing by board president Marne Foster, board members will double down on their support for Foster by honoring her with a proclamation.

San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten said Tuesday that there is some truth to a former School of Creative and Performing Arts principal’s account that incidents involving school board president Marne Foster’s son factored into why she was removed from the school.


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