It’s almost Election Day, and thousands of students are counting on voters to make good decisions.

On this week’s podcast, co-hosts Scott Lewis and Laura Kohn discuss state and local ballot measures connected to education. Locally, Measure I, for instance, allows voters to help choose the fate of San Diego High School, which is located on dedicated parkland.

“If you don’t care that San Diego High School is there, and you don’t care about this broader principle about whether we should be able to change the charter to hand over parkland, then just vote for it,” Lewis said. If Measure I is voted down, however, the school will have to move by 2024 and the land where the school sits now will return to Balboa Park.

Meanwhile, Proposition 58, a statewide measure, focuses on bilingual education. If it passes, it’ll restore flexibility to school districts so they can choose the most effective approach to teaching English-learners.

Lewis and Kohn also discuss San Diego Unified trustee candidates for District E, LaShae Collins and incumbent Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, as they campaign to win over voters citywide.

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    Written by Rachel Evans

    Rachel Evans is a reporter for Voice of San Diego. She can be reached at rachel.evans@voiceofsandiego.org

    4 comments
    Bjorn Steller
    Bjorn Steller

    The cost to remove San Diego High School, No on I, will cost the taxpayers in excess of $100M to tear down the school and rebuild it it in a different location within the boundaries. The Parkland returned will be 32 acres to add to the 1,700 acres of Balboa Park. Without having any tree planted in this cut-off section, separated from the rest of the park by not only Naval Hospital but also by the I-5 s-curve, it is just cost prohibitive. Renegotiating that lease agreement and keep that school where it always has ben before a tree was planted in Balboa Park, Yes on I, does not cost anything and should have been done a long time ago.

    Brian Edmonston
    Brian Edmonston

    Regarding Balboa Park, long term they should:


    a) Return San Diego High land to the park. 

    b) Move Naval Medical Center and return that land to the park.

    c)  Bury the 5 underground from Old Town to City College (or at least from little italy to City College)

    d) Add a trolly line going from east village though the park and up the 15 to QUALCOMM stadium, hospitals and/or Mira Mesa Rd.




    Bjorn Steller
    Bjorn Steller

    @Brian Edmonston nice idea to bury that s-curve. I am thinking the same for Harbor Drive to expand the CC with something that also could be used as a Stadium but functions mostly as CC space. calling on architects and engineers to be creative here in the lines of a floodable stadium/convention space, think Boatshow and the roman coliseum.

    Brian Edmonston
    Brian Edmonston

    "If it passes, it’ll restore flexibility to school districts so they can choose the most effective approach to teaching English-learners."

    According to Ron Unz, students have access to bilingual education right now.  They just elect to learn English, which is probably the right call for them as it is the international language of business around the world. 

    https://hbr.org/2012/05/global-business-speaks-english


    From Unz:

    "Offhand, the current situation might seem a reasonably satisfactory state of affairs, especially since Prop. 227 never actually outlawed bilingual education. Immigrant parents desiring a non-English education for their children could still obtain that option by signing an annual written waiver, but since the vast majority preferred English, those other programs largely vanished."

    http://www.unz.com/runz/bilingualism-vs-bilingual-education-3/