Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

Recent Articles

  • From kindergarten to bond money — and other matters in between

    From kindergarten to bond money — and other matters in between

    The first time I wrote about the lack of a full-day kindergarten program in the Del Mar Union School District was back in 2000. The title of my story was: “Are today’s kids ready for full-day kindergarten?” That prompted a letter to the editor – headlined “Del Mar kindergartners [are] ready for...

  • Vexing vaccination violators

    Vexing vaccination violators

    Terms like herd immunity and anti-vaxxers are now commonly understood, thanks to the recent measles outbreak and heightened awareness of the number of unvaccinated children. The “personal belief exemption” (PBE) phrase is another term we’re all now familiar with. There is a category for religious...

  • Education Matters: San Dieguito’s boundary quandary

    The decision by the San Dieguito Union High School District last spring to create a task force to study the district’s boundary policies was billed as an effort to be inclusive and give all stakeholders a voice. But in reality, not only did it cut out of the process many stakeholders, but it also...

  • Questioning legality of San Dieguito boundary group meetings

    Questioning legality of San Dieguito boundary group meetings

    The fourth meeting of San Dieguito Union High School District’s “study group,” created to consider changes in high school boundaries, will meet Feb. 17.

  • My dad died

    “How are you doing?” — “My dad died.” “Have a great day.” — “My dad died.” “Happy New Year!” — “My dad died.” Of course I didn’t say it. But it’s all I could think of. Friendly sales clerks and strangers were just trying to be nice, not knowing of my pain. When your last living parent has just...

  • Charlie is the wor(l)d

    Charlie is the wor(l)d

    JE SUIS CHARLIE. Just as after 9/11, when civilized people around the globe proclaimed they are all American, today we proclaim we are all French. Because what happened last week was an attack on the most fundamental of principles embraced by every democracy on earth. The world stands united against...

  • Boardroom drama in San Dieguito as Groth says goodbye

    Boardroom drama in San Dieguito as Groth says goodbye

    In my 18 years covering local school districts, never do I remember a school board member filling out a speaker slip and leaving the dais to stand at the public lectern to address the board as a private citizen. Yet outgoing San Dieguito Union High School District trustee Barbara Groth, who was...

  • Election wrap-up – teachers unions in descent?

    Election wrap-up – teachers unions in descent?

    Barbara Groth’s surprising loss for re-election to her fifth term on the San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Education, and incumbent Amy Herman’s lackluster third-place finish, may signify that a union endorsement might not be such a great thing. Incumbent (and perpetual Groth irritant)...

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