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.

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 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.

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