Marsha Sutton

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  • 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...

  • Education Matters: Money is flowing, but in the right direction?

    The state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) has provided school districts with significantly increased revenue which was intended to address the needs of traditionally under-performing groups of students, as well as advance achievement for all students. Using LCFF funds for across-the-board...

  • Education Matters: Later school start times at San Dieguito remain elusive

    Education Matters: Later school start times at San Dieguito remain elusive

    The last time I wrote about school start times, I began by saying, “I can’t believe I’m writing about this again.” And here I am doing it yet again. Why? Because school boards continue to resist mounting evidence supporting the need for later school start times for adolescents. In a column back...

  • 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...

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