When the San Dieguito Union High School District unveiled its new Earl Warren Middle School Campus in Solana Beach, parents of students in the adult transition program wondered why their kids were left out of the equation.
As the school underwent a rebuild, the middle-schoolers there were set to get state-of-the-art classrooms, with large windows and natural light. The plan for the transition students, however, was to stick them in cramped portable classrooms. Accusations of discrimination then led the district to move the program to a different campus, highlighting the district’s inability to find a permanent home for its adult special education program.
“If kids were being put in there because of their race or language skills or religions, there would be outrage,” said Lucile Lynch, a parent of a student the program.
Parents have started calling the new classrooms “tool sheds,” since they only have three small windows and the air is poorly conditioned.
This year, the program expects to nearly double its enrollment, which would have meant crowded classes. The school district originally thought it could get four portable classrooms on the campus, but instead it could only fit two.
The adult transition program helps 18- to 22-year-old students transition from school to adulthood, teaching them skills to become self-sufficient.