Marsha Sutton

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  • More maddening money matters

    More maddening money matters

    I swore last week’s column would be the last I’d write about San Dieguito Union High School District’s overly charitable labor contract approved last month. Then on SDUHSD’s Jan. 14 board agenda I read the action item to give other district employees the same generous raises teachers just received....

  • Budgeting for the San Dieguito raise

    Budgeting for the San Dieguito raise

    Budget ramifications of San Dieguito Union High School District’s new 2015-2018 teachers’ contract will impact the district’s taxpayers for years to come and deserve deeper analysis than the district is providing. According to the district’s pay scale before the just approved contract, a first-year...

  • Transparency is lost in the San Dieguito teachers’ contract

    Transparency is lost in the San Dieguito teachers’ contract

    As predicted, after San Dieguito Union High School District supt. Rick Schmitt postponed the vote for a week to give the public extra time to review the new teacher contract, his effort was undermined by the San Dieguito Faculty Association. Led by union president Bob Croft, the SDFA delayed its...

  • Lack of transparency on teacher contract vote

    Lack of transparency on teacher contract vote

    Points go to San Dieguito Union High School District superintendent Rick Schmitt for delaying the Board of Trustees’ vote on a new teacher contract, which was scheduled for last week. Highlights of the contract, in brief, include the following: •A 7-percent raise retroactive to July 1, 2015 •An...

  • Education Matters: More questions than answers

    Education Matters: More questions than answers

    Late last Friday it was revealed that the San Dieguito Union High School District’s Board of Trustees would be voting to accept an agreement with its teachers union (the San Dieguito Faculty Association — SDFA) this Thursday night, Dec. 10, at its regular board meeting. Although the agreement calls...

  • Education Matters: Bonds that bind

    Education Matters: Bonds that bind

    At the Oct. 8 Solana Beach School District board meeting, trustees unanimously approved a not-to-exceed contract for $68,000 with marketing strategist Tom Shepard of Public Policy Strategies. The purpose, according to the board packet, is to “provide election opinion, community outreach and polling...

  • Education Matters: The littlest salespeople

    Education Matters: The littlest salespeople

    One of the benefits of having our children and their friends get older is being spared the pressure to contribute to their schools by buying unwanted (and always unread) magazines, candy or cookies, useless gift items or overpriced wrapping paper. Although thankfully this dubious child labor practice...

  • Education Matters: Pope Francis, Bernie Sanders, and educational inequity

    If you liked Pope Francis’s message last week, you’ve got to love Bernie Sanders. When the pope spoke of the heartbreaking misery of those living in poverty, he was not just talking about Third World countries. The income inequality in this country is a fine example of the social injustice the...