The San Diego Unified School District, which not long ago was teetering on the brink of financial collapse, is now looking optimistically forward to years of potential growth and investment.
Steering the ship is a newly formulated school board. The teachers union, for years a bitter adversary of the district, has a new leadership team that has pledged to work with the trustees to move local schools forward.
Meanwhile, the Poway Unified School District has garnered national scorn for its billion-dollar bond deal, which saddles future taxpayers with huge debt repayments because the district wanted to spend without asking residents to pay their way. And Poway is just one of hundreds of districts across the state that has bet the house on bond deals.
It’s been a big year in public education.
We’ve taken a new approach to covering education over the past 12 months or so. As part of an overall shift in philosophy at Voice of San Diego, we decided to focus on selected narratives within the education world. Instead of doing something about everything, we’ve tried to do everything about something.