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VOSD Podcast: Changes Ahead for Schools and the Board of Supes

This week on the VOSD podcast, hosts Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby assess the current state of school inequities as San Diego Unified makes plans to open further. Plus, how the Board of Supervisors may change after November.

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Summer Misarti raises a sign during a protest urging San Diego Unified to release a plan for opening schools. When asked about distance learning, Misarti said, “I really don’t like it. It doesn’t feel good but it’s better than nothing.” / Photo by Brittany Cruz-Fejeran

San Diego Unified School district announced that it will announce the next phases of reopening next week.

The district recently began phase one of its reopening plan, which includes some in-person services for students with special needs who’ve fallen behind.

Phase two, as currently set by San Diego Unified, puts kids of all grades back into classroom, but not full time.

In the podcast, Lewis, along with cohosts Sara Libby and Andrew Keatts, reviewed some of the ways phase one has opened up new inequity concerns.

Another inequity was illuminated in a VOSD report this week: As California has cracked down on sports competitions, families are now spending a lot of time and money schlepping their young athletes to Arizona for games, an arrangement that’s easier on families that have the funds and time for long-distance trips and hotel rooms.

The Board of Supes Is Gonna Look Much Different

No matter who wins in South Bay’s District 1 and East County’s District 2, the County Board of Supervisors is set to have one new Republican and one new Democrat. And whoever takes District 3 — either Supervisor Kristin Gaspar or challenger Terra Lawson-Remer — will determine which party controls the board.

But beyond the party control, Lewis, Keatts and Libby note that the board is in for some radical changes as bigger personalities are lining up to take the seats, each with different backgrounds and priorities.

One example, Keatts notes, is the position of board chair. Right now the job rotates in turn between the supervisors. Following the installment of the new board, regardless of party alignment, that may stop.

Read more: What Republicans Say They’ll Do if They Keep Control of the Board of Supervisors

And: Dems Want Control of the County – Here’s What They Say They’d Do With it

Get Your Picks Ready

The tradition you now know and love — the Voice of San Diego election draft — returns next week. Check out the primary draft from what feels like years ago to get your picks for local races and measures ready.

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