Category archives for: Education Matters

Policy changed for questioning of students by school authorities

Marsha Sutton

Several weeks ago, I presented the first of two recent policy changes at the San Dieguito Union High School District, on “Discipline” – and promised a discussion the following week of the second policy change, “Questioning by Law Enforcement.” That scheduled column was pre-empted after I discovered an error on San Dieguito tax bills, which became the subject of several, more pressing columns.

How to repair broken trust over tax bill debacle

Marsha Sutton

By now everyone has probably heard that all property owners in the San Dieguito Union High School District received a tax bill for the 2013-2014 year with an error on it. The amount charged for the high school district’s bond was about 50 percent higher than allowed.

Taxpayers overcharged due to error in high school district property tax bill calculations

Marsha Sutton

According to the county of San Diego’s financial services department, the San Dieguito Union High School District transmitted faulty information to the county, which resulted in a tax rate reflected on tax bills much higher than allowed.

Bad boys (and girls) – ‘Whacha gonna do?’

Marsha Sutton

Two recent policy changes at the San Dieguito Union High School District caught my attention – “Discipline” and “Questioning by Law Enforcement.”

The face of courage

Marsha Sutton

What does it say about an ideology that is so afraid of a 16-year-old girl’s words that its radicals want to assassinate her? How pathetic do they have to be to fear a little girl?

Money well spent?

Marsha Sutton

After three months and $3.2 million of Proposition AA taxpayer money, Canyon Crest Academy has a field to rival the Chargers’.

Well, maybe not quite. But to my untrained eye, it looks beyond beautiful, almost too perfect to set foot on. Jaw-droppingly gorgeous, really.

Money spent, money saved

Marsha Sutton

Continuing with last week’s theme of school board agenda items concerning financial matters and policies and procedures, some decisions and actions taken in the San Dieguito Union High School District are mildly noteworthy.

Buried school board agendas

Marsha Sutton

Although not very sexy, some items buried beneath the newsier issues on local school board agendas deserve at least fleeting attention.

Most have to do with money and policy, which may not be exciting but, at least for edu-philes, constitute the foundation for many of the stories that make the front page. How public money is allocated in education, and how school boards set priorities and make budget and policy decisions, is the basis for all the rest that flows from there.

Two simple ideas to improve education

Marsha Sutton

When Education Secretary Arne Duncan tweeted on Aug. 19 about the benefits of later school start times for teens in high schools, he created an unexpected buzz.

State finds security breach during STAR testing at Canyon Crest Academy

Marsha Sutton

According to a news release posted by the California Department of Education Aug. 9, heightened monitoring of the state’s Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessments, taken by public school students in grades 2-11 last spring, identified 242 schools where social media postings occurred during administration of the tests, 16 of which included postings of test questions or answers.

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