San Diego Unified is right to consider low teacher experience a factor in lopsided suspension rates. But teachers aren’t solely to blame — they often have to cope with the fallout from issues beyond their control, like a lack of affordable housing, unemployment and underserved neighborhoods.

Lindsay Burningham, the new president of the San Diego Education Association, is seen as more moderate and likely to compromise than some members of the union’s more aggressive faction. But she’s also holding strong to the kinds of teacher protections that have rankled reformers for years.

A line buried in a San Diego Unified report indicates less-experienced teachers might suspend students more often because they lack classroom management skills. That idea validates the fundamental point made in Vergara v. California – that the weakest teachers disproportionately end up in low-income schools.

USD’s Paula Cordeiro said teacher tenure is a valuable policy that should be protected. But she also said that for K-12 teachers, it’s a hurried decision that’s made in less than two years – before teachers have a chance to prove what they can do.

California’s GOP candidate for governor Neel Kashkari shared what he took away from his homeless stint in Fresno, pointed out what he sees as big flaws in CEQA and defended his oversight of the big banks bailout.

One thing is clear a year into Marten’s tenure: Running a struggling elementary school is a lot easier than leading a bureaucracy with 13,000 employees, 132,000 students and 226 schools.