San Diego Unified’s board of trustees hired an independent investigator in September to look into allegations that school board president Marne Foster failed to follow proper fundraising rules, and that she was behind a legal claim that sought $250,000 from the district. The report was supposed to take 30 days, but it’s been 52 and counting.
San Diego Unified plans to rebuild Memorial Prep, and construct a new high school structured around career pathways. So why do leaders think the approach shows promise? And what, exactly, is a career pathway anyway?
Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, weighs in on efforts like San Diego Unified’s Vision 2020 plan that focus on keeping students in neighborhood schools.
The decades-long effort to address the school’s issues continues: In addition to a middle school, the district also plans to create a new high school on the same campus. The money for the renovations will come from Props. S and Z.
In 1977, a Superior Court judge found 23 San Diego Unified schools to be so racially isolated they deprived black and Latino students’ equal rights to a quality education. He ordered the district to desegregate its schools. Nearly 40 years later, with one possible exception, Latino and black students are isolated at every school left on the original list. The district’s strategic plan for the future – called Vision 2020 – may make that worse.
Yes, San Diego Unified is working on its big plan to keep students in their neighborhood schools. And there are fewer school choice spots available because of other considerations like reducing class sizes and doing away with portable classrooms. But district officials say there’s no truth to the idea that they’re phasing out choice in the interest of Vision 2020.
San Diego Unified trustee Richard Barrera said some integration efforts have backfired, making schools even more segregated.
Andy Berg, a local lobbyist for electrical workers, is also the man assigned to independently police the school construction projects his contractors build and profit from.
A Kensington real estate agent says she has no idea why Superintendent Cindy Marten told a story about her discouraging prospective home-buyers from sending their kids to Franklin Elementary.
San Diego Unified has its hands full helping students adjust to new graduation requirements as well as a spate of other new systems: On top of the new A-G requirements, students are working with new Common Core curriculum and tests. A new SAT test is looming, too.