Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

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  • Evolutionary revelations

    Evolutionary revelations

    By Marsha Sutton When I received this email message from my cousin – “We’re doomed; we’re just so utterly doomed.” – I figured it was his usual cynical hyperbole. But after clicking the link and reading the article, I confess I share some of his gloom. The Pew Research Center’s recent survey on...

  • The shift to Common Core and what’s troubling about it

    The shift to Common Core and what’s troubling about it

    By Marsha Sutton New awareness that students are graduating high school without the skills and knowledge they need for success in college and career has prompted the creation of a national undertaking called Common Core State Standards. California is one of 45 states to date to adopt these new...

  • Policy changed for questioning of students by school authorities

    Policy changed for questioning of students by school authorities

    By Marsha Sutton Several weeks ago, I presented the first of two recent policy changes at the San Dieguito Union High School District, on “Discipline” – and promised a discussion the following week of the second policy change, “Questioning by Law Enforcement.” That scheduled column was pre-empted...

  • How to repair broken trust over tax bill debacle

    How to repair broken trust over tax bill debacle

    By Marsha Sutton By now everyone has probably heard that all property owners in the San Dieguito Union High School District received a tax bill for the 2013-2014 year with an error on it. The amount charged for the high school district’s bond was about 50 percent higher than allowed. For the blow-by-blow...

  • Taxpayers overcharged due to error in high school district property tax bill calculations

    Taxpayers overcharged due to error in high school district property tax bill calculations

    By Marsha Sutton (editorial/opinion column) Posted Oct. 24, 2013 at 4 a.m. (Story updated below  Oct. 26, 2013 at 10:35 a.m .) County acknowledges error in tax bill For those of you who have not yet paid the first installment of your 2013-2014 property taxes, it might be a good idea to hold off...

  • Bad boys (and girls) – ‘Whacha gonna do?’

    Bad boys (and girls) – ‘Whacha gonna do?’

    By Marsha Sutton Two recent policy changes at the San Dieguito Union High School District caught my attention – “Discipline” and “Questioning by Law Enforcement.” The board packet describes the revisions as recommendations from the California School Boards Association, and SDUHSD’s Rick Ayala said...

  • The face of courage

    The face of courage

    By Marsha Sutton What does it say about an ideology that is so afraid of a 16-year-old girl’s words that its radicals want to assassinate her? How pathetic do they have to be to fear a little girl? Well, in truth, this is not just any little girl. This is Malala Yousafzai, the diminutive hero whose...

  • Money well spent?

    Money well spent?

    By Marsha Sutton After three months and $3.2 million of Proposition AA taxpayer money, Canyon Crest Academy has a field to rival the Chargers’. Well, maybe not quite. But to my untrained eye, it looks beyond beautiful, almost too perfect to set foot on. Jaw-droppingly gorgeous, really. Before I...

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