San Diego Schools Are Missing the Revolution: The cursory system for evaluating teachers that’s used by San Diego Unified had been commonplace around the country until recently. But now, big city mayors and superintendents have been revolutionizing that system, in part by using advanced data analysis. The San Diego Unified School District isn’t interested in that movement, Will Carless explains in a piece that we also published in San Diego Magazine.
The new methods are quite controversial: A local parents group argues that teachers actually crave evaluation, while the teachers union says that’s true and concedes things need to change, but it doesn’t like the new way things are headed either.
Transparency Rules! We called off the dogs Friday in our public-records battle with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith after striking a compromise. We’d been battling with him now for weeks in the hopes of getting more information public about the $1 billion tax increase hoteliers are deciding on in private. Liam Dillon’s story explains clearly what this whole tax increase is about, why we wanted the info and why Goldsmith and Co. deserve a tip of the cap.
After taking umbrage with being called a “barnyard animal” (he got Goat of the Week last week on VOSD Radio), Goldsmith should be exulted to hear that Saturday he will be elevated to Hero of the Week status.
What People in the Neighborhoods Really Want from City Hall: The concerns of the residents in northerly City Council District 7 are diverse. In Tierrasanta, they’re worried about fire. In Grantville, they’re worried about becoming the next Mission Valley. And in Linda Vista, they’re just worried about being heard and having decent streets and sidewalks.