Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

Recent Articles

  • Education Matters: Smarter and more balanced

    Education Matters: Smarter and more balanced

    No, Smarter Balanced is not a butter substitute. It’s a ridiculous name for tests that assess student achievement on the new Common Core State Standards. Not sure about balanced, but one can argue that kids may be getting smarter. The Smarter Balanced test results from last spring were just released....

  • Education Matters: Tracking teacher absences

    Education Matters: Tracking teacher absences

    Data provided by the U.S. Department of Education show that teacher absenteeism may be more of a problem than student absenteeism, which receives more attention. An article in the Aug. 15, 2016 San Diego Union-Tribune provided a link for data for each school district and school in San Diego County....

  • Education Matters: Beyond the Comic-Con spectacle

    Education Matters: Beyond the Comic-Con spectacle

    Behind the craziness of Comic-Con is a hidden world of education panels that offers tips and insights into trends in teaching tools, strategies for improved classroom learning, and support for victims of bullying. The panel titled “Capturing the Imagination of Middle-Grade Readers” featured panelists...

  • Education Matters: What constitutes a sex crime?

    Education Matters: What constitutes a sex crime?

    Two female students at Earl Warren Middle School reported seeing a substitute teacher viewing pornography on his computer during class on June 1. However, the San Dieguito Union High School District disputes that it was pornography, and the police say even if it was, viewing it isn’t a crime unless...

  • Education Matters: Bernie’s youth battalion

    Education Matters: Bernie’s youth battalion

    What is it about a 74-year-old balding politician that has young voters so excited? A New York Times Iowa poll of Democratic voters entering the caucuses throughout the state showed that a staggering 84 percent of those 17 to 29 years old supported Senator Bernie Sanders, while Secretary Hillary...

  • Education Matters: Remembering Doug Perkins

    Education Matters: Remembering Doug Perkins

    When Doug Perkins died May 6, the local community – indeed, the entire San Diego region – lost a dedicated public servant for children and a great champion for the underserved. Locally, many knew Perkins as a long-time member of the Del Mar Union School District’s Board of Education and as an...

  • Moving on up: San Dieguito loses a top administrator

    Moving on up: San Dieguito loses a top administrator

    It hasn’t been for lack of material that there hasn’t been an Education Matters column in two months. Stacks of files on my desk sit six inches high and provide enough topics to write about to last one a week for a year. But when you move, life stops. When you sell a house, rent a house, and buy...

  • Education Matters: Free speech rights for teachers vs. financial security of unions

    Education Matters: Free speech rights for teachers vs. financial security of unions

    It was fascinating to listen to oral arguments Jan. 11 in the Supreme Court’s Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case and to hear the justices vigorously question attorneys. The lawsuit was brought by 10 California teachers (lead plaintiff is Orange County teacher Rebecca Friedrichs)...

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