Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

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  • 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...

  • Education Matters: High school testing, college acceptance, and middle school desperation

    Education Matters: High school testing, college acceptance, and middle school desperation

    Looking at local schools’ test scores, released last week, reminds me of a classic Steve Martin routine on how to be a millionaire. “First,” he says, “get a million dollars.” How to get top-notch test scores is to first start with smart kids. Then savvy school districts add foresight to see what’s...

  • Education Matters: Foundation on shaky ground?

    Education Matters: Foundation on shaky ground?

    San Dieguito Union High School District foundations raise money to fund athletics, robotics, science labs, music, art, theater and other areas in the educational environment to supplement and enrich primary coursework. Like the district’s other foundations, Canyon Crest Academy’s is a non-profit...

  • Education Matters: No boundaries for neighborhood school

    Education Matters: No boundaries for neighborhood school

    At a board workshop that attracted nearly 200 people on Monday, San Dieguito Union High School District staff was directed by a divided board to make no changes to its current high school boundary and enrollment policy. This is a bitter defeat for the communities in Cardiff and Encinitas who desperately...

  • Education Matters: There’s an education side to Comic-Con

    Education Matters: There’s an education side to Comic-Con

    Behind the glitz, glamour and garishness of San Diego Comic-Con’s entertainment spectacular is a lesser-known side that explores serious education issues for preschoolers through the teen years. In panel after panel, experts discussed how teachers can use comic books and graphic novels to improve...

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