Patricia Gándara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, rejects the framing offered by those who oppose Prop. 58, a statewide ballot measure that would make it easier to open bilingual education programs. High graduation rates and learning multiple languages are not mutually exclusive, she says.

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.

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Proposition 51, a statewide ballot measure, is being billed as a $9 billion school bond project that will fix leaky roofs and remove asbestos from classrooms. Those priorities were also front and center in the ballot language for Prop. Z, a local bond passed in 2012. Tens of millions in Prop. Z money has also been spent on stadiums. Prop. 51 funds could also be used to fund stadiums, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office told us.