Public school students are allowed to opt out of mandated state tests. But Kevin Beiser, a middle school teacher in the Sweetwater Union High School District who is also a member of the San Diego Unified board, violated a state policy that prevents school employees from explicitly encouraging students to opt out.
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.
On this week’s podcast, District 6 City Council candidate Carol Kim offers her take on how to fund a new Chargers stadium, what to do about all those nasty infrastructure needs and more.
Training and conferences only account for a quarter of San Diego Unified school board president Kevin Beiser’s time out of the classroom. The rest are sick and personal days. That likely doesn’t violate any rules, but it does highlight a problem with the system itself.
In the 2012-2013 school year, for instance, Beiser missed 28 days and left school early nine times.
School board president Kevin Beiser has racked up an absurd amount of campaign funds, and a wide, diverse group of supporters who praise his responsiveness. But there’s evidence his tireless campaigning bumps up against his classroom duties.
School board trustee Kevin Beiser encouraged “Dr. Mike” McQuary to run for the slot being vacated by Scott Barnett, thinking there would be a competitive runoff and a good conversation about district issues. In the end, there was no showdown. Just McQuary.
The rules require two elections even when a candidate is unopposed or when one person captures a huge share of the primary vote.
Scott Barnett’s penchant for going rogue and throwing bombs has been well documented. But his sustained attack on a colleague is bold even for him.
At the end of a five-hour San Diego Unified School District board meeting Tuesday, John Lee Evans handed over the gavel to Kevin Beiser.