Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

Recent Articles

  • 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)...

  • 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...

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