After several years of having subsidized preschool slots sit empty, San Diego Unified announced it will open up a certain number of spots to parents who make above the income cap but are willing to pay for a district-run preschool — $530 a month for a half-day program to $1,060 a month for full-day spots.
There’s a major teacher drought in California. More teachers are retiring and fewer folks are entering the teaching profession — even as the demand for teachers increases.
A lot has changed at the San Diego County Office of Education since June, when voters elected two new board members. Mark Powell and Paulette Donnellon don’t join the board until January, but they shared their thoughts about watching the Office of Ed’s current struggles from the sidelines.
San Diego State has a hunger problem. In the course of the year, nearly 7000 SDSU students will not have enough to eat. Seven other Cal State campuses have built more extensive, multi-pronged programs that offer a wider range of on-campus services. Why isn’t SDSU doing better?
San Diego Unified has more than $3 billion in school bond funds it has yet to spend on neighborhood schools. Charter schools’ share, on the other hand, is about tapped out.
A San Diego Unified investigation found Serra High’s principal might have lied about his credentials. Instead of dismissing the principal, the district moved him to a “special assignment” position – a lateral move that allows him to keep his $143,000 yearly salary. At least 13 principals have been moved to similar roles, some after experiencing problems.
Education officials have pitched Common Core State Standards as more rigorous than the old ones. English-learners already struggled under the old standards, so there’s reason to worry the new standards will be out of reach. The new standards mean English-learners will be forced to talk more in class. That poses a new opportunity, and a new challenge.
Superintendents don’t stick around for long. A 2014 analysis by EdSource, a nonprofit advocating for public school improvement, found that two-thirds of superintendents at California’s largest public school districts served three years or less. Increasingly, though, it’s up to these newbie superintendents to persuade more students and their families to stick around at traditional schools, and resist the urge to transfer […]
Every year, across San Diego County, hundreds of subsidized preschool spots go unfilled. And because those seats are intended specifically for qualifying families, schools don’t offer them to interested parents who exceed the income cap. They simply sit empty.
San Diego Unified is pushing Innovations Academy out of its space in Scripps Ranch and dropping $20 million in bond money on a new facility for the school. It plans to lease the Scripps Ranch space to a developer who will build apartments. The move that makes good on the school board’s commitment to generate revenue off district property. But to Scripps Ranch residents, the decision is illogical: Why push out a charter school just to spend $20 million building a new one?