Education

EAST COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD RESULTS: WARNER SPRINGS AND RAMONA RACES STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL

 

By Janis Russell and Miriam Raftery

November 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A week after the election with 28,000 absentee and provisional ballots remaining to be counted countywide, two East County race remain too close to call.

SPLIT RESULTS ON EAST COUNTY SCHOOL BONDS

 

By Janis Russell

November 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-  Cajon Valley, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, and Ramona’s school districts  all had school bond measures on the ballot. Each bond measure needed 55% of the votes to pass.  Lemon Grove’s school bond passed by a healthy margin.  Lakeside’s school bond narrowly won approval.  Cajon Valley and Ramona’s bonds appear to have failed by slim margins, though the Registrar of voters still has about 28,000 absentee and provisional ballots countywide left to count.  Below are details.

JROTC CADETS AT MOUNT MIGUEL & GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOLS HONOR VETERANS IN SERIES OF EVENTS

 

November 4, 2014 (Spring Valley)--Veterans were remembered with honor on the morning of Monday, November 3, as the JROTC Program at Mount Miguel High School held its 25th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Principal Steve Coover and retired JROTC Instructor Major John Bachmann were joined by parents and staff who witnessed the ceremony as more than 200 JROTC Cadets honored military personnel who have served our country throughout history.

STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS RACE PITS TEACHER WHO BACKS STRONG PUBLIC SCHOOLS VS. PRIVATIZATION ADVOCATE BACKED BY OPPONENTS OF PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - One of the closest election contests statewide is shaping up in the California Superintendent of Education race.

FUTURE HIGH SCHOOL, SCHOOL SAFETY TOP ISSUES IN ALPINE SCHOOL BOARD RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Left, Glenn Dickie.  Lou Russo did not respond to our request for a candidate photo.

October 25, 2014 (Alpine) – Six candidates are running for the Alpine Union School District: Michael Beraud, Glenn Dickie, Nina Gould, Al Guerra, Lou Russo, and Eric Wray.  We sent a questionnaire to all six of them over a week ago. Only two responded by deadline: Lou Russo and incumebent Glenn Dickie. (If others respond later, we will post their replies at the end of this story, so check back.)

Dickie says he strongly backs building an Alpine High School and wants to help the AUSD through unification with the Grossmont District to build the Alpine High School. Russo says he would only support unification if it is the only way for Alpine to meet its goals.

Both candidates have had children ho attended district schools.  Both platforms include financial accountability.  Both candidates are conservatives though Dickie has the County Republican Party endorsement.  Dickie has a degree in finance and career experience that includes accounting and information technology. Russo, a former Marine and ex-teacher, has made school safety the number one plank in his platform and called for armed guards on campuses. Dickie also supports safe schools but has other approaches in mind. Dickie wants to start a summer learning program and sees declining enrollment, implementing Common Core standards and increasing technology in the classroom as important issues.

Below are their responses in full.

ALPINE TAXPAYERS AND ALPINE SCHOOL DISTRICT SUE GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

Forum on unification of Alpine, Grossmont districts set for Oct. 20 in Alpine

 

East County News Service

October 17, 2014 (Alpine) – Two lawsuits have been filed against the Grossmont Union High School District this week over its failure to fund construction of an Alpine High School. The litigation was filed by Alpine Taxpayers for Bond Accountability (ATBA) along with individual Alpine taxpayer plaintiffs who allege waste and misuse of Propositions H and U bond funds under the California Code of Civil Procedure. The ATBA law suit was filed simultaneously with an action by the Alpine Union School District (AUSD). Both suits seekan injunction to prevent the further expenditure of Prop H and Prop U bond funds until a decision is rendered by the State Board of Education in the coming months on how GUHSD assets will be allocated with regard to Alpine’s proposed unification of its school district. 

Amid the controversy, a forum on the proposed unification of the GUHSD and Alpine Union School District organized by supporters of unification is scheduled for Monday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m. at Alpine Elementary School’s auditorium, 1950 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE RACE PITS RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVE AGAINST SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATE

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 13, 2014 (San Diego)--One of the more colorful election contests locally this year is a race for a seat on the San Diego Community College Board of Trustees between Donna Woodrum, a religious conservative, and  Maria Neito Senour, a professor with a commitment to social justice and diversity.

LA MESA SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES SPEAK WITH ECM

 

 

By Janis Russell

October 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)- Four candidates are running for the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Board. They are incumbents  Bob Duff, Jerry Lecko and Rick Winet, and newcomer David Chong in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. (See the district map: http://www.lmsvsd.k12.ca.us/cms/lib2/CA01001633/Centricity/Domain/184/MAP-Schools.pdf).

ECM spoke with Superintendent Brian Marshall about the issues the district is facing. Marshall cited the budget, implementation of academic and innovative programs, wages, and bringing technology into classrooms.

GOVERNOR VETOES FUNDS FOR UC AND CSU CAMPUSES

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 4, 2014 (Sacramento)—Governor Jerry Brown earlier pledged to sign a $100 million funding bill for the University of California and California State University systems ($50 mlilion each)—but only if property tax revenues met or exceeded projections.

FRESHMAN CLASS IS HIGHEST-ACHIEVING IN SDSU HISTORY

 

The most competitive applicant pool in SDSU history has yielded its highest achieving freshman class

October 3, 2014 (San Diego)--The numbers are in and San Diego State University’s incoming class of freshmen is the highest-achieving in the history of the university.

GIRLS OUTSCORE BOYS IN SCHOOL GRADES WORLDWIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 30, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --Girls will be girls, and boys will be boys. That seems to be the finding of a new study that’s found dramatic differences between the genders when it comes to how kids learn.

EDUCATION ACTIVIST POSTS SITE ON GROSSMONT SCHOOL BOARD CONTROVERSIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A new website, www.GUHSDBoardCandidate.com, has been set up by critics of the Grossmont Union High School District Board to draw attention to controversies involving some board members seeking reelection.

LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DEBUT BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION DOCUMENTARY FILM SEPT. 29

 

 

District-Sponsored Student Speech Contest commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision a huge success

September 26, 2014 (La Mesa)--Dr. Emma Turner, President of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Board of Education, and the District Governance Team, will host a screening on September 29 featuring the First Annual Student Speech Contest held earlier this year.  The topic of the speeches was “60 Years Later: What is the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education?”

SDSU ROCKS THE VOTE

 

Last day to register for Nov. 4 election is Oct. 20

September 23, 2014 (San Diego) - San Diego State University's Rock the Vote campaign  officially launched this week and will continue through Election Day on Nov 4.  To kick off the campaign on Sept. 23, Associated Students hosted a barbecue on campus with live music, free food, and voter registration tables.  Students can also register to vote online at SDSU.edu/Rockthevote.

ADVANCED TRAINING ASSOCIATES HOSTS GRADUATION CEREMONY AT RONALD REAGAN CENTER

 

September 17, 2014 (El Cajon)--Advanced Training Associates, an accredited private college that provides training in medical and business occupations to civilians, veterans and active duty military located in El Cajon, CA, hosted the largest graduation ceremony in the school’s history on September 9.

SD UNIFIED TO FEDS: THANKS, BUT NO "TANKS"

 

September 19, 2014 (San Diego)—You won’t be seeing an armored vehicle on San Diego Unified School District campuses after all. The District has decided to return a Mine Resistant  Ambush Protected Vehicle, or MRAP, that had been donated by the U.S. Department of Defense.

GUHSD SUPERINTENDENT ISSUES STATEMENT ON UNIFICATION; ALPINE EDUCATION LEADER RESPONDS WITH REBUTTAL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: GUHSD Superintendent Ralf Swenson

September 18, 2014 (Alpine)—The Grossmont Union High School District Board (GUHSD) has passed a resolution opposing the proposed Alpine unification initiative.  Now, Superintendent Ralf Swenson has issued a statement to media voicing disappointment that a County committee has approved the unification measure and sent it on to the State Board of Education to take action. He wants to see all voters in the district have a say on unification, not just voters in Alpine. 

In his letter, Swenson claims a unified Alpine district won’t be able to afford to build and operate a high school offering programs comparable to those in the Grossmont district but insists that the GUHSD can’t afford to build the school, either.  Moreover, he  claims that the GUHSD remains 2,400 students below the “trigger” that the district has set for enrollment and that further declines are projected, making the likelihood that the district would ever build the promised 12th high school for Alpine appear to be virtually zero.

His letter has sparked a heated response, including a rebuttal from education leader Bill Weaver debunking dubious claims made by the Superintendent. Weaver has previously co-chaired education and business commitees for both the East County and Mountain Empire Chambers of Commerce.

DISTRICT RECEIVES NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARD

 

State’s only community college district to net 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

September 17, 2014 (El Cajon) - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Tuesday received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award, a national honor recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

CHIEF JUSTICE OF CALIFORNIA ADDRESSES UCSD ALUMNI ON NEED FOR CIVICS EDUCATION

 

By Nadin Abbott

September 11, 2014 (San Diego)--California Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Tani Cantil-Sakauye addressed UCSD alumni at the Symphony Towers in downtown San Diego today. She emphasized the need to teach civics to students. She believes it is critical “to educate so people can better understand what the branch does and why we do it.”

UC SAN DIEGO NAMED NATION'S 8TH BEST PUBLIC UNIVERSITY BY U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

 

Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

September 9, 2014 (San Diego) - The University of California, San Diego is ranked the 8th best public university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s 2015 Best Colleges guidebook, released today, ranks UC San Diego the 37th best university in the U.S. among more than 200 public, private and for-profit institutions.

DIVERSITY DIALOGUE CONTINUE TO ENGAGE AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE: SERIES STARTS SEPT. 17, RUNS THROUGH NOV. 12

 

September 8, 2014 (Rancho San Diego)--The power of music. People of different generations working together. Disabilities that go unrecognized. Talking to your kids about diversity. These topics and more will be covered over the fall semester in six workshops at Cuyamaca College’s Diversity Dialogues, a series now in its third year that focuses on a variety of diversity awareness and social justice issues.

HELIX MUSIC PROGRAM HOLDS REHEARSE-A-THON TO RAISE FUNDS FOR COMPETITIVE SEASON

 

Community asked to sponsor a student for $50 each

September 7, 2014 (La Mesa)--On Saturday, September 13th, the students and staff of the Helix Highlander Band and Color Guard have committed to a 12 hour practice challenge for their annual Rehearse-A-Thon, raising money while perfecting their competitive show.

ANTI-SEMITIC GRAFFITI FOUND AT SDSU

 

Provided by The Times of San Diego and San Diego Jewish World, both members of the San Diego Online News Association (SDONA)

September 6, 2014 (San Diego)--A person who was held by campus police after authorities found a San Diego State building marred by graffiti, including swastikas, was described by an SDSU spokeswoman on Wednesday, Sept. 3,  as a “54-year-old man from Santee who has known mental issues and was off his medication.”

RALLY TODAY URGES GOVERNOR TO SIGN BLOCK'S BILL ALLOWING COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO OFFER SOME 4-YEAR DEGREES

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 4, 2014 (San Diego) – Educators and business leaders plan a rally today at 10:30 to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 850, a bill by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees in areas where a local workforce need for the degree program can be demonstrated. The bill arrived at the governor’s office on Aug. 28, and he has 30 days from receipt of the measure to approve or veto the legislation.

The rally is planned at SeaBotix, a manufacturer of mini-remotely operated vehicle systems with underwater expertise, and will include a demonstration of how the facility could benefit from the bill.

"YES MEANS YES" BILL PASSES LEGISLATURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 2, 2014 (Sacramento)--One in five students nationwide is a victim of sexual assault,  Increasingly, campuses across America are facing criticism for not doing enough to protect students from sexual assault.

NATURE GUIDE TO THE SAN DIEGO RIVER PUBLISHED BY LOCAL STUDENT

 

Caption: Head of School Kevin Yaley (left) and San Diego River Park Foundation Trustee Jim Dawe with Parker graduate Marly Isler, signing her booklets. Photo Courtesy of Francis Parker School / Ken Stone

August 27, 2014 (San Diego)-- The San Diego River has stories to tell — if you know where to find them. A booklet by  Francis Parker School graduate Marly Isler fills the bill. And it's easy to find.

CHANGES AT SDSU WELCOME STUDENTS ON CAMPUS

 

SAN DIEGO (August 25, 2014) — San Diego State University students are welcomed back this fall with new leadership, changing buildings, accomplished returning and 54 new faculty and a multitude of new majors and classes, which will enhance the student experience.

GROSSMONT LEARNS A LESSON: COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO SUPPORT UNIFICATION OF ALPINE DISTRICT

 

 

View a video of the complete San Diego County Board of Education meeting on the unification plan: http://stream.sdcoe.net/wc/boardmeeting081314/

By Miriam Raftery and Bill Weaver

August 17, 2014 (Alpine)--The County Board of Education provided a learning experience Wednesday to the Grossmont Union High School District:  If you ignore the will of voters and spend off bond money slated for a new Alpine high school on other projects, there are consequences.

JUDGE ORDERS CALIFORNIA TO EDUCATE ALL NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING STUDENTS

 

Report finds 3 East County schools among state’s worst for educating English learners

By Miriam Raftery and Sharon Penny

Updated August 14, 2014 to include a response from the GUHSD

August 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -A quarter of all school districts in California are failing to educate many children who don’t speak English, according to figures obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union on the Department of Education’s website.

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