The latitude given to district managers to spend public money on companies they go on to work for has sparked new questions at San Diego Unified about how it awards its contracts.

Our live conversation Wednesday about innovation in San Diego centered on themes from our quest series, including the history of land grants for R&D in San Diego.

Escalating problems for SD streets, are special elections worth it?, support for recycled wastewater and more.

As it gears up to borrow and spend $2.8 billion in bond money, is San Diego Unified opening itself up to more lawsuits like one it recently lost?

What we learned this week.

The county’s largest school district has a bold new plan for assessing schools, but actually implementing that plan is unlikely to happen any time soon.

As it scrambles to sell off assets to close its budget deficit, the county’s largest school district is crafting poor deals and botching great ones, local real estate experts say.