Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

Recent Articles

  • 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...

  • Education Matters: Revisiting money issues

    This year’s $9.2 million deficit continues to loom large for the San Dieguito Union High School District, which is good reason to revisit the December 2015 teachers’ contract and the subsequent raises given to all other SDUHSD employees in 2016. The union contract approved 3-2 by the school board...

  • Education Matters: Bill on later school start times advances; Islamophobia and getting rid of hate

    San Dieguito Union High School District trustee John Salazar has asked SDUHSD superintendent Eric Dill and board president Amy Herman to place on the May 11 board agenda the proposed state bill that would require all public middle and high schools to start school no earlier than 8:30 a.m. “Let’s...

  • Education Matters: Reviewing your child’s tests at home

    Although last year’s court ruling on what’s known as the test-return policy came down in favor of the San Dieguito Union High School District, parents are still able to have their child’s tests sent home for review. So says Michael Grove, SDUHSD’s associate superintendent of educational services....

  • Education Matters: SOUL charter school on track to open this fall

    With approval granted by the San Diego County Board of Education in January, the School of Universal Learning (SOUL) Charter School is on its way to opening this fall within the boundaries of the San Dieguito Union High School District. Co-founders Marisa Bruyneel and Michael Grimes say the response...

  • Education Matters: Leaving our mark on the world

    I stare into the fire, jabbing it with my poker. It’s been a long holiday week. My kids came home from cities far away, I turned another year older, and caught a vicious cold. Why I’m so content as I poke among the embers I can’t explain. It’s so unlike me. With laundry running for four days straight,...

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