Tag Archives: Achievement Gap

Many Latino, African-American Students Opting Out of AP Classes

By Megan Burks The San Diego Unified School District surveyed its 11th- and 12th-graders this year and found nearly 2,000 students who would do well in advanced placement courses but haven’t enrolled. The high school classes offer college credit and … Continue reading

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City Heights Program Works to Get Kids to School On Time

Video Credit: Brian Myers, Media Arts Center San Diego By Megan Burks Students and parents of Adams Elementary School in Normal Heights are huddled on the playground around Principal Sylvia McGrade for an early-morning assembly. “Good morning, Adams Elementary!” McGrade … Continue reading

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How a San Diego Charter School Beat the Odds (The Answer Might Surprise You)

Video Credit: Katie Schoolov, KPBS By Megan Burks Third-graders at America’s Finest Charter School settle in on the floor around their teacher, Cassandra Tinyo, for story time. But first, Tinyo reviews what to listen for and later replicate. They’ll soon … Continue reading

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Mid-City School Scores Highest Among Low-Income Schools On State Test

America’s Finest Charter School students eat pizza at a 2013 party celebrating their reading achievements. | Photo Courtesy of America’s Finest Charter School By Megan Burks Nearly 80 percent of third graders at America’s Finest Charter School in Chollas View … Continue reading

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Suspensions, Expulsions Down In San Diego Schools

A student runs up stairs at Monroe Clark Middle School in City Heights. | Photo Credit: Cecia, The AjA Project By Megan Burks A new law aiming to limit school discipline measures that take students out of class went into … Continue reading

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District to Help Teachers Better Connect with Communities In Which They Teach

Urban schools like Lincoln High can be a more challenging place to teach. Without ongoing support for new teachers, schools are more likely to see teacher turnover. | Photo Credit: Jamie Scott Lytle By Mario Koran Americans have debated the … Continue reading

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Disadvantaged Students Are Doing Better in Charter Schools

Arroyo Paseo Charter High Is One of San Diego’s Highest Ranking Charter Schools By Mario Koran Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are doing better in charter schools than in traditional public schools. According to the California Charter Schools Association’s recent report … Continue reading

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Voices: New Teachers Bear the Burden of Public Policy Failures

By Oscar Ramos Oscar Ramos taught at The Preuss School for seven years and now works at a public school district in Texas. He’s also a previous contributor to Speak City Heights partner Voice of San Diego. Ramos’ commentary has … Continue reading

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Why Are Minority Men Struggling to Finish Community College?

Very few male students of color graduate with a certificate or degree. A new collaborative policy brief aims to address that problem on a national level. | Video Credit: KPBS By KPBS Listen to the full KPBS Midday Edition interview … Continue reading

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Local Report on Suspensions Echoes ‘Vergara’ Findings

Photo Credit: Shutterstock By Mario Koran Seniority-based hiring policies in San Diego Unified mean the poorest schools usually end up with the least experienced teachers. Black and Latino students who attend poor schools are disproportionately suspended and expelled. And one … Continue reading

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