Marsha Sutton

Writer

Education Matters

Recent Articles

  • San Dieguito enrollment study group formed, facilitator chosen

    San Dieguito enrollment study group formed, facilitator chosen

    Vocal community dissatisfaction with San Dieguito Union High School District policies on enrollment and attendance boundaries last spring has led the district to create a task force to explore the issue – and to select a facilitator for the group who charges $350 an hour. The task force, officially...

  • San Diego’s Rock Week of Wonder

    San Diego’s Rock Week of Wonder

    It was a Week of Wonder in San Diego last week, with concerts by three of the biggest names from the 1960s and ’70s. In six days, our fair city saw Paul McCartney on Sunday, Crosby Stills & Nash on Wednesday, and the Eagles on Saturday. Saying it was a trip down memory lane is such a lame cliché,...

  • Yet another study on the benefits of later school start times

    Yet another study on the benefits of later school start times

    I can't believe I'm writing about this again. My fourth column, written in October of 2003, focused on the mountains of scientific research showing conclusively that early school start times for middle and high school students are harmful for teens. Since then, I’ve written two more columns on...

  • Salaries, benefits, and how columns grow out of control

    Salaries, benefits, and how columns grow out of control

    Some of you have asked why my columns are so long. It’s a good question, because I never set out to write so much. It’s hubris to think my words are so important – I recognize that. Every time I sit down to write, it’s always with the goal to keep my words under 1,000 – 800 is the target. But here’s...

  • Focus on senior portraits

    Focus on senior portraits

    As part of its contract with the San Dieguito Union High School District to shoot senior yearbook portraits, Keane Studios, located in Carmel Valley, receives personal contact information for each 12th-grade student and their parents. Some parents say this is wrong, citing a violation of privacy...

  • Pushing boundaries

    Pushing boundaries

    By Marsha Sutton Few issues cause parents more distress than changes in school boundaries. Who can forget the tumult when in 2002 the Del Mar Union School District moved hundreds of families from one attendance area to another? Resentment still lingers, 12 years later. The San Dieguito Union High...

  • No blame game on illegal student fees

    No blame game on illegal student fees

    By Marsha Sutton It would be easy to assume, after the last few columns, that the staff at the San Dieguito Union High School District deserves condemnation. Recent stories highlighting what may be unlawful student fees have been critical. The schools’ nonprofit foundations have not always followed...

  • High school student parking fees under scrutiny

    High school student parking fees under scrutiny

    By Marsha Sutton At $40 annually per vehicle, the San Dieguito Union High School District collected over $77,000 in fees this year from students for campus parking permits. With an overall budget this year of about $107 million, $77,000 may seem insignificant. But there’s a principle at stake here,...

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