Marsha Sutton

Writer

Education Matters

Recent Articles

  • Questioning legality of San Dieguito boundary group meetings

    Questioning legality of San Dieguito boundary group meetings

    The fourth meeting of San Dieguito Union High School District’s “study group,” created to consider changes in high school boundaries, will meet Feb. 17.

  • My dad died

    “How are you doing?” — “My dad died.” “Have a great day.” — “My dad died.” “Happy New Year!” — “My dad died.” Of course I didn’t say it. But it’s all I could think of. Friendly sales clerks and strangers were just trying to be nice, not knowing of my pain. When your last living parent has just...

  • Charlie is the wor(l)d

    Charlie is the wor(l)d

    JE SUIS CHARLIE. Just as after 9/11, when civilized people around the globe proclaimed they are all American, today we proclaim we are all French. Because what happened last week was an attack on the most fundamental of principles embraced by every democracy on earth. The world stands united against...

  • Boardroom drama in San Dieguito as Groth says goodbye

    Boardroom drama in San Dieguito as Groth says goodbye

    In my 18 years covering local school districts, never do I remember a school board member filling out a speaker slip and leaving the dais to stand at the public lectern to address the board as a private citizen. Yet outgoing San Dieguito Union High School District trustee Barbara Groth, who was...

  • Election wrap-up – teachers unions in descent?

    Election wrap-up – teachers unions in descent?

    Barbara Groth’s surprising loss for re-election to her fifth term on the San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Education, and incumbent Amy Herman’s lackluster third-place finish, may signify that a union endorsement might not be such a great thing. Incumbent (and perpetual Groth irritant)...

  • San Dieguito enrollment study group formed, facilitator chosen

    San Dieguito enrollment study group formed, facilitator chosen

    Vocal community dissatisfaction with San Dieguito Union High School District policies on enrollment and attendance boundaries last spring has led the district to create a task force to explore the issue – and to select a facilitator for the group who charges $350 an hour. The task force, officially...

  • San Diego’s Rock Week of Wonder

    San Diego’s Rock Week of Wonder

    It was a Week of Wonder in San Diego last week, with concerts by three of the biggest names from the 1960s and ’70s. In six days, our fair city saw Paul McCartney on Sunday, Crosby Stills & Nash on Wednesday, and the Eagles on Saturday. Saying it was a trip down memory lane is such a lame cliché,...

  • Yet another study on the benefits of later school start times

    Yet another study on the benefits of later school start times

    I can't believe I'm writing about this again. My fourth column, written in October of 2003, focused on the mountains of scientific research showing conclusively that early school start times for middle and high school students are harmful for teens. Since then, I’ve written two more columns on...

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