Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

Recent Articles

  • Education Matters: The Comic-Con extravaganza

    Education Matters: The Comic-Con extravaganza

    To say Comic-Con is a spectacle would be a massive understatement. The Exhibit Hall is sensory overload for adults (I couldn’t begin to imagine how the 3- and 4-year-olds in the crowd — and I do mean crowd — were coping), the lines were enormous, the noise deafening, the parking (even the walking)...

  • Education Matters: Del Mar settles with former employee, and other money matters

    Education Matters: Del Mar settles with former employee, and other money matters

    The Del Mar Union School District and permanent certificated employee, known as #199-415, have agreed to settle their differences. This is according to an “Employment Separation, Settlement Agreement and Release of All Claims” document which was approved by the DMUSD Board of Trustees on May 11...

  • Education Matters: Making “the list”

    Education Matters: Making “the list”

    In a note referencing my column two weeks ago about the $25 “fee” the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation charged for physical exams for high school athletes, a parent said this was the tip of the iceberg. Her concern centered on the strong-arm tactics some schools use to raise donations from parents....

  • Filling Doug Perkins’ shoes

    Filling Doug Perkins’ shoes

    “Former Del Mar Union School District trustee Doug Perkins has resigned his position on the San Diego County Board of Education, after suffering a massive hemorrhagic stroke in February.” That opening sentence in reporter Karen Billing’s story in this newspaper last week is heartbreaking. According...

  • Education Matters: Pay to play? The debate over ‘donation’ vs. ‘fee’

    Education Matters: Pay to play? The debate over ‘donation’ vs. ‘fee’

    Where to begin? So much is happening in the San Dieguito Union High School District that it’s hard to know where to start. Perhaps the best place to start is with my personal pet peeve: charging fees to students who are supposed to receive a free public education. Free public education also includes...

  • Testing, testing...1, 2, 3: Part 2

    Testing, testing...1, 2, 3: Part 2

    Students in grades 3-8, and grade 11, have been spending a good part of the merry month of May taking standardized tests ordered this year by the state under a new system of testing known by the cumbersome name of Smarter Balanced. At the San Dieguito Union High School District, students in grades...

  • Testing, testing...1, 2, 3

    Testing, testing...1, 2, 3

    For most of us, the month of May brings to mind images of flowers, sunshine, relaxing beach time and the coming summer. For students, May is anticipated about as much as spring allergies and pollen. May is the month of testing, and it’s not a happy time in classrooms. High school students are...

  • Enrollment overload

    Enrollment overload

    Has a precedent been set to forever allow all ninth-grade students into Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito High School Academy? Last year and this coming fall, the San Dieguito Union High School District has accepted every student who applied to both academies – and not just incoming ninth-graders...

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