The superintendent of the Poway Unified School District toned down and removed criticism leveled in a consultant’s report before releasing it to the public last month.
What happens if board members violate policies governing their conduct? Not much, apparently.
It’s been about a year since Mitzi Lizarraga, the well-regarded principal of the School of Creative and Performing Arts in Paradise Hills, left San Diego Unified. In that time, the story of exactly what happened has been muddy and incomplete – but a clearer picture is finally starting to emerge.
Some of San Diego Unified school board president Marne Foster’s strongest assets – her passion and experience as a mother – may also be her biggest shortcomings. Even those who support her admit she makes decisions as a mother without consideration of her position on the school board.
It probably seems like just yesterday you were mid-dash, exhausted from the school year, making summer plans for your kids. Gird yourself. It’s time to do it all again.
The New York Times paints a creepy picture this week of facial recognition software, a tool used by the San Diego Police Department. San Diego Unified, which has its own police force, uses the tool also. The district says it has only used the software on adults, but there’s no policy outlining the limits of its use, nor have the school board or parents had a chance to weigh in.
While there may be only one other person on earth who cares as much as I do about my child, that doesn’t make me as good of a teacher as someone who’s actually been trained. Student-teacher interaction, it turns out, is actually the core of what we should be looking for in a high-quality preschool.
San Diego Unified is pushing its preschool programs, but not every kid is qualified to attend — and navigating the red tape to get in can deter even the families that do meet the requirements.
Why does school start so damn early? (Hint: The answer might drive you crazy.)
On this San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia and I highlight an effective program for preventing kids from backtracking on classroom progress during the summer.