In this week’s podcast, co-hosts Scott Lewis and Laura Kohn talk more about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and concerns about funneling education funds from traditional public schools into private schools and charter schools. Plus, reporter Mario Koran discusses how online charter schools helped boost San Diego Unified’s graduation rate.
In this week’s podcast, hosts Scott Lewis and Laura Kohn talk to Miles Durfee of the California Charter School Association about some of the hottest topics of the charter school debate, and they dissect President Trump’s controversial pick for education secretary.
It’s not totally clear what Betsy DeVos might do as education secretary. But we can look at the limitations of the role and come away with a few points of understanding.
A thriving elementary school in a middle-class neighborhood. A bilingual school built from scratch. A charter with uniforms and strict discipline policies. Each story is distinct, but when we take a step back, we see common threads.
The window to take advantage of San Diego Unified’s school choice program just got much smaller. Interested parents will want to jump in quickly.
A program serves disadvantaged youth, mostly from immigrant families, to help them become the first in their families to graduate from college.
Our Realtor warned us against the neighborhood school. The stats didn’t impress me either. But after doing our homework, we chose our local school anyway — and are glad we did.
At a recent event, San Diego Unified trustee John Lee Evans blamed perceptions and the need for the district to market itself as well as charter schools did. But he also acknowledged that for some schools, perception wasn’t the only problem.
Parents choosing which school their kids should attend might recognize the need to support their community, and see schools as the heartbeat of neighborhoods. On the other hand, they want their kids to attend whatever school fits best.
Integration, including busing kids to better schools that are farther away, can have tremendous positive impacts on students’ lives.