After being restructured and rebranded three times in the past 20 years, Memorial Prep for Scholars and Athletes, a middle school in Logan Heights, is the San Diego Unified school that parents avoid most. Now, Councilman David Alvarez wants the district to tear the school down and build a new one. The district plans to feel out parents and neighbors.
A summer program in Chollas View is helping low-income students combat problems over the break from school. But no one seems to have money to expand the effort any time soon.
Poway Unified paid a consultant $40,000 to help it improve the district’s IT services. Instead, the consultant offered a scathing indictment of the district as a whole, saying it couldn’t address tech needs until it did some serious soul-searching.
Students who take a nontraditional route – those who complete a GED, take more than four years to graduate or receive a special ed certificate – are not included in San Diego Unified’s overall grad rate. But they’re not considered dropouts either.
Coaches and school staff will take additional safety measures at all schools, whether students are injured on the playground, in the gym or on the football field. The move comes after Voice of San Diego revealed a JV football player at La Jolla High suffered a serious brain injury on the field.
A year after San Diego Unified promised it would compensate for cutting a crucial lifeline for English-learning students, the parents of those students say they’re still no better off.
Schools often list basic information on their websites, things like bell schedules and generic welcome messages from principals. But, for better or worse, it’s not the kind of consumer-review experience you’d find on Yelp. However, a number of real estate websites are stepping in to fill that void.
What SB 277 really does.
In 2014, teachers and parents complained about a charter school principal who micromanaged classrooms, bullied staff and chased away teachers. The district brought in a parent to help quell the chaos. Fast-forward a year, and the same complaints are swirling – only now they’re about the person brought in to fix the problem.
Even if a landmark case on teacher tenure changes the game in California, it won’t necessarily affect San Diego Unified’s controversial post-and-bid system for assigning teachers.