The California Public Records Act says public agencies have to release information when journalists or any members of the public ask to see it. There are, of course, some records that are exempt, but sometimes agencies claim those exemptions to keep records secret. Such was the case when San Diego Unified School District withheld certain emails […]
In March, a Superior Court judge ruled in VOSD’s favor that San Diego Unified had improperly withheld emails between district staff, school board members and Superintendent Cindy Marten related to the removal of the former principal for the School of Creative and Performing Arts.
VOSD education reporter Mario Koran joined the podcast this week to walk hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts through all the wacky details he unraveled in his story about the San Diego Unified School District’s costly and unfruitful investigation into former board trustee Marne Foster.
When the San Diego Unified school board opened an investigation into then-trustee Marne Foster, it capped the cost of the probe at $40,000. In the end, the district never made the report public — but it paid $228,000 for the effort.
VOSD made a series of requests for emails related to former school board Trustee Marne Foster, the School for Creative and Performing Arts, Superintendent Cindy Marten and former principal Mitzi Lizarraga. The district complied with the requests, but redacted a number of records, arguing the information needed to remain confidential. The relevant legal question is whether the public’s right to know outweighs the agency’s right to protect information that could potentially cause it harm.
In unanimously appointing career educator Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, the San Diego Unified school board has preserved the power structure that existed before Marne Foster stepped down — one that is uniformly tilted toward labor.
The Ohio State professor joins Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts after the two discuss a school board president’s lack of institutional knowledge and how we stumbled into our biggest story of the week.
Years of declining enrollment has hallowed out sections of Lincoln High’s campus. The school district has offered to let Arroyo Paseo Charter High School occupy five classrooms on Lincoln High’s campus starting next year.
On this week’s San Diego Explained VOSD’s Scott Lewis and NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean explain the school board’s election process and where it stands.
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.