Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

Recent Articles

  • Filling Doug Perkins’ shoes

    Filling Doug Perkins’ shoes

    “Former Del Mar Union School District trustee Doug Perkins has resigned his position on the San Diego County Board of Education, after suffering a massive hemorrhagic stroke in February.” That opening sentence in reporter Karen Billing’s story in this newspaper last week is heartbreaking. According...

  • Education Matters: Pay to play? The debate over ‘donation’ vs. ‘fee’

    Education Matters: Pay to play? The debate over ‘donation’ vs. ‘fee’

    Where to begin? So much is happening in the San Dieguito Union High School District that it’s hard to know where to start. Perhaps the best place to start is with my personal pet peeve: charging fees to students who are supposed to receive a free public education. Free public education also includes...

  • Testing, testing...1, 2, 3: Part 2

    Testing, testing...1, 2, 3: Part 2

    Students in grades 3-8, and grade 11, have been spending a good part of the merry month of May taking standardized tests ordered this year by the state under a new system of testing known by the cumbersome name of Smarter Balanced. At the San Dieguito Union High School District, students in grades...

  • Testing, testing...1, 2, 3

    Testing, testing...1, 2, 3

    For most of us, the month of May brings to mind images of flowers, sunshine, relaxing beach time and the coming summer. For students, May is anticipated about as much as spring allergies and pollen. May is the month of testing, and it’s not a happy time in classrooms. High school students are...

  • Enrollment overload

    Enrollment overload

    Has a precedent been set to forever allow all ninth-grade students into Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito High School Academy? Last year and this coming fall, the San Dieguito Union High School District has accepted every student who applied to both academies – and not just incoming ninth-graders...

  • Enrollment study group wraps up its work

    Enrollment study group wraps up its work

    The fourth and final meeting of San Dieguito Union High School District’s enrollment study group was held Feb. 17 and was, as requested in my Feb. 5 column, open to the public, unlike the three previous meetings. After referencing applicable Brown Act clauses as evidence that the meetings should...

  • For the health of our kids

    For the health of our kids

    Senate Bill 277 — the proposed repeal of the personal belief exemption for school immunizations — has been discussed in local school districts recently, with mixed results.

  • 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...

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