A program meant to help Lincoln High students earn college credits is in shambles. It’s only been two years since San Diego Unified launched the STEAM Middle College program that allows Lincoln High students to take classes at San Diego City College. A few years ago, this program was the centerpiece of a rehabilitation of Lincoln meant […]

The O’Farrell Charter School sees a fraction of the fights as Lincoln High, two miles west. Based on surveys area principals conducted with parents, violence is a big part of the reason why 70 percent of southeastern San Diego families opt for charters or schools in other neighborhoods.

While other nearby district schools are figuring out how to attract students from the neighborhood, students are clamoring to get into Gompers Preparatory Academy and The O’Farrell Charter School. If traditional schools want to compete, they’ll have to look to charters to see what they’re doing right.

Lincoln High is spinning. The school that serves neighborhoods of southeast San Diego has low test scores and enrollment rates, high numbers of dropouts and suspensions, eruptions of violence and unsteady leadership. Those deep-rooted problems didn’t materialize overnight. VOSD’s Mario Koran takes a detailed look at what’s happened in the nearly 10 years since the high […]

At a tense meeting, southeastern San Diego parents pressed school board president Mike McQuary for answers on how transparent the process to fill an empty school board seat. “We haven’t had somebody representing our interests for a long time,” they told him.

Some of San Diego Unified school board president Marne Foster’s strongest assets – her passion and experience as a mother – may also be her biggest shortcomings. Even those who support her admit she makes decisions as a mother without consideration of her position on the school board.

The district’s numbers showing which schools enroll the most neighborhood students are stark: Schools in wealthier areas are doing far better at attracting their own neighbors than schools in poorer neighborhoods.