Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

Recent Articles

  • Harvesting food awareness in Encinitas, Part Two

    Harvesting food awareness in Encinitas, Part Two

    When developers were granted permits to build new housing in Encinitas in the 1990s, they were required to reserve land for schools to serve the children of the new homes. A 10-acre parcel on Quail Gardens Drive was set aside for this purpose and was deeded to the Encinitas Union School District...

  • Education Matters: Harvesting food awareness in Encinitas

    Education Matters: Harvesting food awareness in Encinitas

    People talk about the need to teach future generations about the environment, conservation and food justice. But most schools are doing little more to educate kids to the growing needs of our planet than teaching from a textbook, if that. The Encinitas Union School District is a huge exception....

  • Education Matters: Time for term limits

    Too many school board members regard their elected positions as full-time careers and have served on school boards far longer than is reasonable.  Term limits have been supported by citizens for many elected posts, including the president of the United States, state and federal office holders,...

  • Education matters: Money for nothing

    By a vote of 4-1, San Dieguito Union High School District trustees in December approved offering stipends to any employee –teacher or not – who gave notice before Feb. 1 of their intent to retire by June 30, the end of the fiscal year. The rationale, according SDUHSD superintendent Eric Dill, was...

  • International Baccalaureate coming to San Dieguito

    One of the most exciting developments in years for the San Dieguito Union High School District is the advent of an International Baccalaureate program at La Costa Canyon High School.  Beginning in the fall of 2018, LCC will offer the two-year IB Diploma Programme, starting with 11th-graders and...

  • Education Matters: Education gets a little SOUL

    There’s a new kid on the block in the San Dieguito Union High School District.  Coming to a location near you this fall, the School of Universal Learning – SOUL – is the first approved charter school in San Dieguito’s history. After being denied authorization by the SDUHSD board last October, SOUL...

  • Education Matters: Kid stuff – for grown-ups

    No matter how old they get, when you take your kids to a Science Museum, it’s like they’re 10 again. I was very excited to see the Fleet Science Center’s Art of the Brick exhibit over the winter break and asked my 20-year-old son and his 18-year-old girlfriend if they’d like to join us.  Legos...

  • Education Matters: When foundation appeals cross the line

    Every few months, a parent tells me that their school’s foundation is fundraising in a way that feels punitive.  Through strong-arm tactics and coercive language, foundation flyers and pleas for money often convey a sense of intimidation. They do not make clear that no child can be excluded from...