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.