School board trustee Mike McQuary strolled onto the school board without facing a challenger in 2014. Trustee Marne Foster is being investigated by the DA’s office but so far isn’t facing any serious opposition.
Amid extreme heat, parents across San Diego schools were frustrated by plans — or lack thereof — for air conditioning. One group had the resources to act.
When John Lee Evans, a San Diego school board member, explained how he knew Superintendent Cindy Marten would not bend to the capricious will of any single school board trustee, he cited a moment when Marten got intense pressure from trustee Marne Foster and didn’t budge.
Nothing San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten does has more impact on students than decisions on who should lead district schools. That is why this controversy about what happened to one of those leaders — Mitzi Lizarraga at the School for Creative and Performing Arts — matters.
San Diego Unified Trustee John Lee Evans has called for a closed-session board meeting and independent investigation to address ongoing fallout involving board president Marne Foster.
Even though many of the claims being made over what happened at the School of Creative and Performing Arts are patently false, the superintendent and the Board of Education have been handicapped by legal requirements that prohibit discussing confidential personnel matters.
School board trustee John Lee Evans took a shot at school board critics earlier this month. His objection follows a template of sorts the district has established: The facts aren’t necessarily false, but the message trumpets the good news while minimizing the struggles.
San Diego Unified decided to rethink its approach to approving charter schools, and made an example of Thrive Public School. Thrive appealed to the State Board of Education – and won. The state, not the district, will now oversee its operations.
Critics inside and outside of the school board have predicted budget mismanagement would rear its head right about now. Instead, we have a balanced school budget that prioritizes students.
Last-minute changes to San Diego Unified’s budget for next year led many to fear teacher layoffs rather than the reshuffling that’s actually set to happen.