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New School Discipline Program Has Fans and Results, But Few Participating Schools

Hoover High, one of the few schools with a restorative justice program, reduced the amount of student suspensions from 321 in 2013-2014 to only 58 the next school year. | Photo Credit: Dustin Michelson, Voice of San Diego By Rachel Evans … Continue reading

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Diversity Still Lags Among SDSU Graduates Planning to Be Teachers

By Megan Burks Some 200 soon-to-be teachers will graduate from San Diego State University Sunday. While they’re prepared to tackle problems in the classroom, they won’t make the pool of teachers more diverse for local school districts. In 2014, San … Continue reading

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How Fewer Classes Can Mean More Progress for English-Learners

By Mario Koran and Rachel Evans In 2014, when San Diego Unified released data that showed how many students were on track to meet more rigorous graduation requirements, the numbers felt like a punch to the gut. Districtwide, only 59 … Continue reading

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What’s Behind the Lopsided Enrollment Numbers at Hoover High’s Tech Academy

By Rachel Evans At Hoover High School’s Academy of Information Technology, students learn an array of technical skills from website design and coding to software and systems development. Ellen Towers, a teacher who left a career at General Motors, launched … Continue reading

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O’Connor’s Building Getting Facelift to Become Innovative School

Video Credit: Brian Myers, Media Arts Center San Diego By Megan Burks A new outdoor eatery is coming to El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego’s mid-city area. Think Crack Shack — a trendy fried chicken restaurant that hatched in Little Italy … Continue reading

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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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The District’s Ambitious New Plan to Serve English-Learners

Kearny High senior Angel Solo-Solano talks on the phone near other Class of 2015 students shortly before their graduation ceremony. By Mario Koran I opened a story last year by zooming in on Ángel Solorzano, a student at Kearny High. … Continue reading

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In Adult Ed Class, Immigrant Parents Pick Up Where They Left Off

Video Credit: Nic McVicker, KPBS By Megan Burks Students at Monroe Clark Middle School in City Heights rattle through multiplication tables. They’re attentive, eager to participate — not what you might expect from a middle school classroom. That’s because these … Continue reading

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California Bill Would Restore Mental Health Funding in Elementary Schools

Cherokee Point Elementary School Principal Godwin Higa talks with a student. | Photo Credit: Jane Stevens By Megan Burks A San Francisco Bay Area lawmaker has introduced a state bill that would restore mental health care funding for young children … 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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