Compare district staffing with district-run school enrollment and the trend is clear: The district budgeted more staff for fewer students in recent years.
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.
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.
LaShae Collins, a staff member in Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s office, will make a run for Marne Foster’s seat on the San Diego Unified school board. “I want to bring the focus back to kids instead of the adults,” Collins said. “This needs to be done.”
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.
What is surprising: Barnett, a vocal critic of the district’s policy of selling off land, tried to get in on a sale.
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.
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.
For well over a decade, educators have had to sift through education reform developed and funded largely by corporations and the wealthy. We should look for our answers from the people who have devoted their lives to kids.
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.