Marsha Sutton

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Education Matters

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  • Changing lives click by click

    Changing lives click by click

    By Marsha Sutton I never expected tears. But without warning my eyes began to well up when I heard her speak about social justice, the endless fight for gender equality, and the desperate need in the world to embrace our common humanity. The embarrassing trickle became a torrent when a young woman...

  • Driving home a point

    Driving home a point

    By Marsha Sutton Accompanying my son to a two-hour presentation on safe driving was not my idea of a good time, but attendance is required by the San Dieguito Union High School District for both student and parent, for students to receive a high school campus parking permit. I knew what they would...

  • There they go again...

    There they go again...

    By Marsha Sutton A direct-mail piece was sent out two weeks ago to many residents of the 92014 and 92130 zip codes, about the $76.8 million General Obligation bond initiative the Del Mar Union School District trustees voted to place on the November ballot. In the famous words of a former governor...

  • Education Matters: The cost of special education: Part Two

    Education Matters: The cost of special education: Part Two

    By Marsha Sutton The cost of providing special education services can be up to 20 percent of a school district’s entire budget, as discussed in last week’s column. In the San Dieguito Union High School District, special education costs can be: •up to $15,000 per student for transportation •from...

  • The cost of special education

    The cost of special education

    By Marsha Sutton Talking about the cost to public school districts of providing special education services is tricky. No one argues that the need to serve all kids, regardless of their disabilities, is a moral imperative. But the effect of all the special education legislation on already slammed...

  • State mandate providing separate class for ‘young fives’ takes effect

    State mandate providing separate class for ‘young fives’ takes effect

    By Marsha Sutton No waivers, no exceptions. Every elementary school district in California must offer a “Transitional Kindergarten” program this fall for students turning 5 years old between Nov. 2 and Dec. 2 of 2012. Districts have had two years to adjust to the requirements. In 2010, Gov. Arnold...

  • Del Mar’s ‘secret plan’ to spend your money

    Del Mar’s ‘secret plan’ to spend your money

    By Marsha Sutton The Del Mar Union School District’s bid for voter approval of its $76.8 million General Obligation bond measure is reminiscent of President Richard Nixon’s “secret plan” in 1968 to end the war in Vietnam. It went something like this: “Vote for me, and after I win I’ll tell you...

  • Bringing down the towers: Cell antenna misstep causes district to backtrack on project

    Bringing down the towers: Cell antenna misstep causes district to backtrack on project

    By Marsha Sutton San Dieguito Union High School District’s plan – and the school board’s initial approval – to place cellular antennas at Canyon Crest Academy stunned many in the CCA community, some of whom were suspicious of the timing and the lack of notice. If not for a front-page story in this...

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