Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

Recent Articles

  • Education Matters: San Dieguito’s watershed moment

    Watching San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) parents rise up in defense of their children and fight back against the unfair placement of the district’s Adult Transition Program (ATP) was electrifying and inspirational. After so many years of inaction and unfulfilled promises, parents...

  • Education Matters: Reviewing San Dieguito’s missteps

    The most recent misstep at the San Dieguito Union High School District centers on the lack of planning for adequate facilities for the Adult Transition Program, which serves special education students ages 18-22. But there have been others. Besides the ones listed last week, no recitation could...

  • Education Matters: Adult Transition Program the latest in a series of district missteps

    What’s left to say about the San Dieguito Union High School District’s Adult Transition Program debacle? Given the administration’s track record this past year, it’s no surprise that this program, which serves special education students ages 18-22, got bungled. No vision, no leadership, no planning,...

  • Education Matters: Democrats and the teachers union

    The strong ties that have historically bound members of the Democratic Party to teachers unions appear to be loosening. When steadfast Democrats in Sacramento resist the unions and sponsor bills like Anthony Portantino’s (later school start times) and Shirley Weber’s (teacher tenure), it indicates...

  • Education Matters: Setting the record straight

    A complimentary email from a reader about my recent columns concluded with a P.S. that surprised me: “I know you’re Republican but …” Then there was a critical reader who wrote anonymously online that my columns should be dismissed because I’m a “biased conservative” journalist. Biased I own. I’m...

  • Education Matters: Odds and ends

    More high schools are focusing on end-of-the-year portfolios “as indicators of whether students have acquired the skills they will need to succeed after graduation,” according to a recent article in EdSource. Titled “High schools turning to student portfolios to assess academic progress,” the article...

  • Education Matters: Test return policy; counselors per student; teacher salaries; donations vs. fees

    As the end of the school year approaches, before it’s too late I want to circle back and follow up on the test return policy at the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD). In my April 27 column titled “Reviewing your child’s tests at home,” SDUHSD administrators made it clear that teachers...

  • Education Matters: Betting on hope

    The San Dieguito Union High School District projected a $9.2 million deficit at its March board meeting. At the May board meeting, the projected deficit was recalculated at about $8.5 million. Some might consider that a positive trend. But $8.5 million in the hole is nothing to smile about, with...

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