Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

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  • 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...

  • Education Matters: Stop the hate

    It’s as if the floodgates have suddenly been opened. Hate is flowing freely in schools across the nation since Donald Trump was elected. This tweet from a parent sums it up: “Passive racism is quickly turning into open harassment now that Trump won the election.” In our nation’s high schools, middle...

  • Education Matters: Will Harvie’s return

    If there were only one school board meeting to attend all year, San Dieguito’s on Nov. 3 was it. About 100 people squeezed into the San Dieguito Union High School District board room that night, most there to protest the sudden “resignation for retirement purposes” of Torrey Pines High School AP...

  • Education Matters: Education propositions on the ballot

    As a socially-liberal fiscal conservative (or a fiscally-conservative social liberal), I find myself in a bind at each election cycle. The Republican Party is too extreme on social issues, and the Democrats are too free with our hard-earned cash. So where does that leave us registered Independents...

  • Education Matters: The rest of the SOUL story

    The surprising thing about the vote to deny the SOUL charter school petition is that there was definitely the sense that San Dieguito school board members were inclined to support it. When the founders of the school spoke to the board before the Oct. 13 vote and clearly said they would not accept...

  • Education Matters: Microscopes and clarinets vs. raises and the surplus

    Education Matters: Microscopes and clarinets vs. raises and the surplus

    Last week’s column ended with the assertion that the San Dieguito Union High School District, with its just announced $4 million surplus, should stop asking parents for money for basic classroom and program essentials that the district should be financing. Two examples that the district has not...

  • Education Matters: Clearing up LCFF confusion

    Education Matters: Clearing up LCFF confusion

    The portion of last week’s column that discussed the Local Control Funding Formula money received by the San Dieguito Union High School District was incomplete, somewhat confusing and requires further elaboration. I may have opinions on how districts should spend their money, but those opinions...

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