Education

GAG ORDER STIFLES EDUCATION LEADERS FROM POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS OVER ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL, CANDIDATES OR BOND MEASURES

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 8, 2018 (Alpine) –The legal settlement between the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and the Alpine Union High School District (AUSD) contained a non-disparagement clause that has effectively muzzled Alpine education leaders and concerned parents from criticizing the GUHSD board.

ISLAMIC GROUP CALLS ON CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD TO FIRE PRINCIPAL MOVED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL AFTER ALLEGED BULLYING SYRIAN REFUGEE

 

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Photo: Yusef Miller, CAIR-California 

October 3, 2018 (El Cajon) – Members of CAIR , the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called on Cajon Valley Union School District members  at the September 25th board meeting to  fire former Greenfield Middle School’s principal, Gregory Calvert over his handling of the alleged bullying of a Syrian student.  Calvert has since taken a position as assistant principal at Chase Avenue Elementary in the same school district. 

FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO SPEAK AT SDSU ON REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT OCT. 8

 

 

By Lamonica Everett-Haynes, SDSU News Center

Photo: U.S. Ambassador Johnny Young (Credit: Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club)

October 3, 2018 (San Diego) - Johnny Young, former U.S. Ambassador to  Sierra Leone, Togo, Bahrain and Slovenia, will speak at San Diego State University, presenting his lecture: “Refugee Resettlement: How did we get here and how do we move on?” 

GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS LEGISLATION THAT WILL GRANT DIPLOMAS TO DEPORTED HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

 

 

Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Bill will apply to all students in good standing whose education was interrupted against their will

East County News Service

October 1, 2018 (Sacramento) — A proposal authored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) to retroactively grant diplomas to deported high school seniors was signed by Governor Brown last week.  AB 3022 passed the State Assembly with a 75-1 vote and the Senate by a 35-1 vote

THIRD MENINGOCOCCAL CASE AT SDSU, COUNTY DECLARES OUTBREAK

 

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  Neisseria Meningitidis via Photomic

September 29, 2018 (San Diego) - For the second time this semester, a San Diego State University undergraduate student has been hospitalized with serogroup B meningococcal disease, prompting the San Diego County public health officer to determine an outbreak on campus, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

IN GROSSMONT HIGH DISTRICT, WOODS FACES CHALLENGE FROM TEACHER LIZ WEAVER, BUT KELLY AND SHIELD RUN UNOPPOSED

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Despite litigation over the Grossmont High School District’s failure to build an Alpine High School, the Alpine community failed to mount a challenger to trustee Jim Kelly, who represents Alpine after redistricting.  Trustee Robert Shield is also running unopposed.

But trustee Gary Woods, who represents the El Cajon area in district 3 and directs a religious educational institute,  faces a challenge from Peggy “Liz” Weaver, a public school teacher of fourth and fifth graders at Rancho Elementary School.

TWO SLATES VIE FOR CONTROL OF LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD: CANDIDATE FORUM OCT. 1

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 21, 2018 (La Mesa) – Controversy has enveloped the La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board, where three incumbents are stepping down – leaving three open seats. One slate of three challengers is critical of the board’s action, while another trio of candidates is backed by the same forces as the outgoing board members. A seventh candidate is running independently.

A candidate forum will be held on Monday evening, October 1st at the La Mesa First United Methodist Church (4690 Palm Ave.) in La mesa with a meet and greet at 6:15 p.m. and forum at 6:30 p.m.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE’S 40TH ANNUAL CAREER EXPO DRAWING SCORES OF EMPLOYERS, INDUSTRIES

 

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

 

September 20, 2018 (El Cajon) - One of the oldest and largest community college job fairs in the county continues its successful run with the 40th Annual Career Expo at Grossmont College set for Wednesday, Oct. 10. It is free and open to the public.

CHP ENFORCEMENT FRIDAY TO TARGET MOTORISTS WHO ILLEGALLY PASS SCHOOL BUSES WHEN LIGHTS ARE FLASHING

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 17, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - California Highway Patrol officers will be riding on school buses this Friday, September 21st to catch drivers who fail to stop when a bus flashes red lights and/or extends a stop arm. The enforcement operation will take place in unincorporated areas of East County.

EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING OF FUTURE STUDENT SERVICES/EVENT CENTER FACILITY

 

 

Multi-phase project will include new state-of-the-art Student Services Building, Event Center, and Food Services Building

East County News Service

September 13, 2018 (El Cajon) — A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Friday, September 14 at 9 a.m. to mark construction of El Cajon Valley High School’s new Student Services and Event Center complex. (View a preliminary animation of the project design here.)

GROSSMONT COLLEGE TO MARK 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF FLIGHT 182 CRASH WITH FILM SCREENING AND TALK

 

Photo courtesy of Marty Ennis: Am anniversary commemoration of the PSA crash two years ago drew hundreds to Grossmont College to hear witnesses, first-responders and family members of those who perished share their memories of the tragedy. This year marks the 40th anniversary and a film screening and discussion on Sept. 25will be open to the public. 

East County News Service

September 13, 2018 (El Cajon) -- The 40th anniversary of the PSA Flight 182 crash in San Diego that killed 144 people and scattered wreckage and carnage across North Park will be remembered at an event Sept. 25 at Grossmont College.  Family members of those who perished, as well as first responders and PSA workers, will share their memories following a free, public screening of the documentary film, “Return to Dwight and Nile,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Grossmont College’s Griffin Gate, Building 60. 

GROSSMONT, CUYAMACA COLLEGES CELEBRATE LATINX HERITAGE MONTH

 

Source:  Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community College District

September 10, 2018 (El Cajon) – Food, music and dance at Cuyamaca College and a visit at Grossmont College by nationally acclaimed poet Yosimar Reyes will highlight a series of special events honoring Latinx Heritage Month at the two East County colleges from mid-September to Nov. 1. All events are free and open to the public.

MT. MIGUEL HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION PRESENTS “QUARTERMANIA”

 

East County News Service

September 6, 2018 (Spring Valley) – Mt. Miguel High School Foundation will present “QUARTERMANIA,” a cross between an auction, raffle and bingo. The event will take place on October 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mt. Miguel High School’s brand new event center, 8585 Blossom Lane in Spring Valley.

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS CRITICIZES DEVOS FOR ROLLING BACK PROTECTIONS FOR SURVIVORS OF CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULTS

 

 

East County News Service

September 4, 2018 (San Diego) — Last week, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sent a letter to college campuses reversing a campus sexual assault policy established by President Obama.  DeVos’ action would bolster the rights of those accused of sexual assault and reduce liability for colleges and universities, as the New York Times reported.

BACKPACK GIVEAWAY SUNDAY IN SANTEE

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

August 18, 2018 (Santee) -- On August 19th, inside the Santee Library, the Santee Mobile-Home Owner’s Action Committee, Inc. (SMOAC) will hold their 4th Annual Backpack & School Supplies Movement.  Backpacks filled with school supplies will be handed out, free to students, at 10 a.m. until supplies are exhausted.

SDCOE SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR APPOINTMENT TO PERSONNEL COMMISSION

 

Source:  scdoe.net

August 15, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego County Board of Education (County Board) and the County Superintendent of Schools are currently seeking candidates interested in being appointed to the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Personnel Commission. Letters of interest for appointment to the Personnel Commission are currently being accepted for the County Board/Superintendent-appointed personnel commissioner. The term of office will commence Dec. 1, 2018, at noon, and expire Dec. 1, 2021, at noon. The County Board/superintendent-appointed commissioner will assume office at the regularly scheduled Personnel Commission meeting on Dec. 19, 2018.

DESPITE PLEDGE TO RUN, REBEKAH BASSON NOT ON LA MESA SCHOOLS BALLOT IN NOVEMBER

 

By Ken Stone

Originally published by Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo by Ken Stone

August 14, 2018 (la Mesa) - A year ago this week, 25-year-old Rebekah Basson attended her first meeting as a newly appointed school board member in East County — based in part on her pledge to run for a full term in November 2018.

MAKE BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON THE GREATEST EVER

 

 

Earn an A+ in sustainability this school year with tips from Waste Management

Source:  Waste Management

August 7, 2018 (San Diego) - As millions prepare to head back to school, Waste Management of Southern California is offering parents, students and educators practical tips to make this school year more sustainable by reducing, reusing and recycling right, in and out of the classroom.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 5, 2018 (San Diego) -- When I was younger I hated all the back-to-school commercials. They were a dreaded reminder that summer was over and pretty soon, I'd be back inside a hot, stuffy classroom, mourning my lost freedom.

MIDWAY THROUGH FILING PERIOD, MOST EAST COUNTY OFFICES HAVE NOBODY RUNNING

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 26, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The filing period to run for local offices opened on July 16 and closes August 10.  But so far, no candidates have pulled papers to run, let along qualified, in most East County or other inland San Diego County races listed on the Registrar’s site for school boards, water boards, fire boards and community planning groups. In others, only incumbents have filed.

For instance, in the Grossmont Union High School District, heated controversies and lawsuits have erupted over alleged bond misappropriation, failure to build an Alpine High School, and efforts to shut down popular charter schools.  Yet so far, incumbents Jim Kelly, Robert Shield and Dr. Gary Woods have all pulled papers to seek reelection, but nobody has filed to run against them.

Note: City council and mayor candidates apply through cities and will not be listed until after the filing deadline has closed. ECM has requested info from East County cities on those races.

Below are other local races in East County, including names of any candidates who have pulled papers to run (though not yet qualified).

HELIX CLASS OF ’98 ANNOUNCES 20-YEAR REUNION AUG. 25

 

East County News Service

July 16, 2018 (La Mesa) --  Once a Scotty, always a Scotty. Helix High School class of 1998 invites you to come join fellow classmates and teachers to catch up on old times at the 20-year reunion on Saturday, August 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Bolt Brewery, 8179 Center Street in La Mesa. All classmates from 1998 or any classes before or after 1998 who want to reconnect with old friends are welcome to attend.

SDSU CELEBRATES PRIDE WEEK: CAMPUS IS RANKED AMONG NATION’S TOP 25 LGBTQ-FRIENDLY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

 

East County News Service

July 14, 2018 (San Diego) – A rainbow flag raised on July 11th at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union center heralded the kick-off for pride festivities at San Diego State University. An SDSU delegation also marched in the San Diego Pride Parade today in Hillcrest, with students, staff, faculty and alumni joining in. 

PASSAGES: MEMORIAL MILE TONIGHT TO COMMEMORATE VALHALLA COACH CARTER YARBOROUGH

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 29, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) –Carter Yarborough, 48, a Valhalla High School cross country and track coach, was killed Sunday morning when his motorcycle struck a Sheriff’s vehicle that had pulled into his lane after a left turn on South Coast highway in Encinitas, Patch.com reports.

A memorial Mile in his memory will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Valhalla.  Team members, alumni, and friends are invited to participate in the walk of remembrance.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO NURSING, HEALTH TECH STUDENTS

 

East County News Service

Photo from left to right:  GHD board members Michael Emerson, Randy Lenac, nursing student Sofia Grant, cardiology technician student Kira Bunker, pharmacy technician student Ophelia Williams, GHD board members Gloria Chadwick, Virginia Hall, Bob Ayres.

June 19, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has announced the recipients of two 2018 GHD scholarship programs, one for nursing students and another for students pursuing careers as medical health technicians.

UCSD STUDENT PERSERVERES TO GRADUATE AFTER DEPORTATION OF HIS PARENTS

 

 

Source: UCSD News Center

Photo:  Graduate Leon Sanchez Reyes (left) with his sister and two younger brothers.

June 14, 2018 (San Diego) --This year, UC San Diego’s class of 2018 will be having the majority of commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17.  A total of 7,449 students will take the stage this weekend as this year’s graduating class participates in the campus’ various commencement ceremonies. Among the students is Leon Sanchez Reyes  Just two weeks before starting his first year at UC San Diego in 2014, Sanchez Reyes’ parents were deported. The immigration agents explained to him that his parents were going to be sent back to Mexico and nothing could be done about it.

“I felt abandoned and full of anger. Not at my parents, not at the officers—they were only doing their job—but at the system for leaving four children without their parents,” said Sanchez Reyes. The next night, Sanchez Reyes and his siblings met with their parents in Tijuana, discussing schooling and housing plans. Sanchez Reyes had secured housing on campus for his first year, but his parents and siblings had to relocate to Tijuana and then Rosarito.

RECORDS SET AS LARGEST GRADUATING CLASSES OF GROSSMONT, CUYAMACA COLLEGES RECEIVE MOST DEGREES, CERTIFICATES

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Community College District

June 11, 2018 (El Cajon) - Commencement day is always a day of celebration and promising futures as students take part in a time-honored processional, while families and friends cheer and beam with pride.

This year’s graduation ceremonies at Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges were ones for the record books as a highest-ever 2,500 graduates received more than 5,500 degrees and certificates on June 6 and 7. These numbers translate into a 23 percent increase in the number of graduates and a 20 percent hike in the number of degrees and certificates compared to 2017’s record-setting numbers.

DEMOCRATS FINISH STRONG IN GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD RACES

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 6, 2018 (El Cajon) – Although school board races are officially nonpartisan, the political parties weighed in with endorsements backing candidates in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. Per the district rules, the top two-vote getters in each district will square off in a run-off, though Democrats won majorities in two of the three contests.

LUND TRAILS MUNOZ IN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION RACE

 

 

Update June 6, 2018 -- With 100% of precicnts counted and only late mail-in and provisionals remaining, Munoz is up with 56.73% over Lund with 43.07%.

 

By Miriam Raftery and Jonathan Goetz; photo by Jonathan Goetz

June 5, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- Incumbent County Board of Education member Alicia Munoz has fended off a challenge by East County Chamber of Commerce president and community college instructor Eric Lund.  Munoz, who had heavy backing from the American Federation of Teachers, has 57.46% of the vote over Lund's 42.34%, with 20% of precincts reported.

"It's been a good learning experience. This is my first time running and I'll be more prepared next time," Lund told East County Magazine.

PAGEANT WINNER ORGANIZES DRIVES FOR STUDENTS TO SUPPORT MILITARY AND TEDDY BEARS TO COMFORT CHILDREN OF DEPLOYED SOLDIERS

 

East County News Service

June 3, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – El Cajon resident Kristin Cohn, who attended Valhalla High School, was recently crowned Mrs. San Diego Woman of Achievement 2018. Her platform is titled One Nation one heart. A few months ago, she had noticed a video that was circulating via the Internet and showed a little boy that was very sad when his deployed father was not going to be able to make it home for his birthday. This really hit a nerve in Cohn as she realized that not only does the stress of a deployed parent affect the member of the military and the spouse but also the amount of stress it places on the children left at home.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: ERIC LUND, CANDIDATE FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 31, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) –  Last week, we interviewed Eric Lund, candidate for San Diego County Board of Education in district 3, on our radio show. Lund is president of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and also teaches business classes Grossmont and Southwestern Community Colleges. In addition he heads up the East County Homeless Task force and is a member of the East County Adult Education Alliance. The district encompasses most of East County as well as parts of San Diego.

Hear the full interview, originally aired on KNSJ Radio, by clicking the audio link, or scroll down for highlights.

“I’m so much an advocate of great education. I love teaching,” says Lund, who has taught for 17 years and was inspired by his grandfather, who headed up SDSU’s English Department for many years. “I really feel that our education system that is ranked one of the lowest in the United States can and should do better.”

Audio: 

Interview with Eric Lund, candidate for San Diego County School Board

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