Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

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  • Money spent, money saved

    Money spent, money saved

    By Marsha Sutton Continuing with last week’s theme of school board agenda items concerning financial matters and policies and procedures, some decisions and actions taken in the San Dieguito Union High School District are mildly noteworthy. SDUHSD’s special education costs will be lower this year,...

  • Buried school board agendas

    Buried school board agendas

    By Marsha Sutton Although not very sexy, some items buried beneath the newsier issues on local school board agendas deserve at least fleeting attention. Most have to do with money and policy, which may not be exciting but, at least for edu-philes, constitute the foundation for many of the stories...

  • Two simple ideas to improve education

    Two simple ideas to improve education

    By Marsha Sutton When Education Secretary Arne Duncan tweeted on Aug. 19 about the benefits of later school start times for teens in high schools, he created an unexpected buzz. But where have you been, Mr. Duncan? The research overwhelmingly shows that later start times for high school students...

  • State finds security breach during STAR testing at Canyon Crest Academy

    State finds security breach during STAR testing at Canyon Crest Academy

    By Marsha Sutton According to a news release posted by the California Department of Education Aug. 9, heightened monitoring of the state’s Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessments, taken by public school students in grades 2-11 last spring, identified 242 schools where social media...

  • Transgender equality rights in schools

    Transgender equality rights in schools

    By Marsha Sutton Update: It was announced today, Aug. 13, that the governor has signed this bill into law. — MS A bill some say is long overdue and others call controversial has passed both the state Assembly and the full Senate and is expected to be signed into law soon by the governor. “Pupil...

  • ‘Come pick up your camper’

    ‘Come pick up your camper’

    By Marsha Sutton The first call came at 7 p.m. Monday night. It was an automated announcement saying everything was fine and the fire was not affecting any camp activities. Fire? What fire? We had dropped off our son at his favorite camp in Idyllwild last Sunday, July 14, for a 12-day stay. This...

  • More potpourri: local, statewide, national and international

    More potpourri: local, statewide, national and international

    By Marsha Sutton A journalism class at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad that was threatened with closure was saved after students rallied to defend the class. Speaking before the San Dieguito Union High School District’s Board of Education this past spring to oppose the decision, editor...

  • Education potpourri: Middle school, lawsuit battles, custody, and the sports obsessed

    Education potpourri: Middle school, lawsuit battles, custody, and the sports obsessed

    By Marsha Sutton After moving sixth grade into middle school beginning this fall, the Rancho Santa Fe School District will join most other school districts nationally that group sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders together. A 6-8 middle school configuration is now commonly accepted, over the 7-8...

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