Iftin Charter School has gotten itself into a huge, expensive mess.
Earlier this year, multiple employees filed complaints against the City Heights school over discrimination and retaliation.
In June, the school received a scathing report after a San Diego Unified investigation, sparked by a raft of parent concerns over the departures of school leaders.
The investigation found the school failed to comply with special education laws or provide certain special education services and that it failed to enroll homeless and foster youth and students with disabilities. It raised concerns that nepotism drove certain staffing decisions, and that the school used improper hiring practices.
“I’m very sorry for the school,” said Yasin Essa, a former school board member who the board majority voted off the board amid the turmoil earlier this year. “The funds of the school are being spent on legal fees, attorney fees, hiring someone expensive and denying the kids what they were entitled to. It’s really important to the students to get a good education. That’s how you succeed in the USA.”
San Diego Unified is also withholding funds from the school for much-needed renovations, until the school can show it’s addressed all the issues. The school board majority voted out one of its members, drove another to resign and even has experienced vocal clashes among current members.
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Just saw a KPBS spot honoring Elizabeth A. Lopez for her help in bringing people from Africa.to this community. Where in the El Cerrito neighborhood does she live?????
This school is NOT in City Heights. Yes, it serves many folks in City Heights, but don't try to tarnish our schools more than the media already does. Why does it even matter where the school is located?
Our boundary is 54th St. It's like saying a school across the street, in Kensington, is in City Heights just because of its turmoil.
Get it right. For real, fix the title. School in the EL CERRITO neighborhood.
Let's hope the N. Koreans don't pressure the Ca. Legislature for a tax payer funded school of their own although in all fairness Latin America has more than their fair share of schools now. I think a Viking school would be a huge benefit.
@rhylton Yep. Certainly a lot better than spreading them out among other local schools. 83% are working to learn English. Throw that group into the mix with all of the illegals, and you have to question how any actual learning would take place. I question how the schools claim a 90% graduation rate with the influx of non-English speaking students at all grade levels.
There are reports that a non-union contractor was allowed to work on campus causing great concern with the school board that had to be dealt with. Unnamed sources have said a large donation was made to one or more local union hiring halls to make up for the insult.
The term " Shi**y Schools" again earns their nick name. These are tough kids to educate and they need all the help they can get. When working for this system, I was trying to test a 19 year old Somali student who had never picked up a pencil in his life. You start from there....