“You can make this happen.” That was what San Diego Unified School Board Trustee Marne Foster told district Superintendent Cindy Marten after Foster revealed her plans to sue San Diego Unified for $250,000 in connection with an unflattering college evaluation written for her son.
“That’s weird you are going to file a claim against the school,” Marten replied. The claim eventually came, but Foster’s name wasn’t on it. Instead, the name of the father of Foster’s son appeared. The father later told our Mario Koran that he was told by Foster to sign a blank document and “didn’t think twice.”
The revelation that Foster had pressured the superintendent to pay for what amounted to her son’s college tuition came on Thursday as part of a search warrant unsealed by a judge in Foster’s criminal proceedings. Foster agreed to a plea bargain on Tuesday, which requires her to resign and serve probation in return for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor of accepting illegal gifts as a public official.
• At least one school official doesn’t think San Diego Unified should have done much differently in the handling of the Foster ordeal, and that most folks have other school issues on their minds. School board trustee Richard Barrera, who’s “always been one of Foster’s biggest champions,” Koran writes, believes Foster’s actions were “handled the right way” by the district.