The City Council already rejected a proposal earlier this year to reform local school board elections, but was forced to discuss the issue again this week thanks to a Grand Jury report on San Diego Unified’s board election process.
In 1988, San Diego voters amended the City Charter so that City Council members are chosen only by voters who live in a candidate’s district. San Diego Unified, on the other hand, kept its election process the same. The resulting system is convoluted and dumb.
Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, a retired San Diego Unified educator, announced her candidacy at a meeting Monday night at Lincoln High School.
At Tuesday’s board meeting, the four remaining trustees will decide how to fill the seat. The district has to appoint someone within 30 days. If it doesn’t, it must hold a special election.
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.
It’s easy to retrospectively point out areas where San Diego’s last four superintendents fell short. It’s much more difficult to take each lesson and apply it to the current state of the district.
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.
County officials say the reorganized Juvenile Court and Community Schools will address students’ academic needs, but critics say the shakeup came at an emotional cost.
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Food stamp showdown, great benefits for school board members, Big Stench gets a fizzy treatment and the Great Bad Service Debate.