Category archives for: Education Matters

Education Matters: Many La Jolla teens still need whooping cough booster

As students in the San Diego Unified School District prepare to return to school on Sept. 6, a new requirement for admittance still needs to be met by about one-third of the district’s 60,000 seventh- to 12th-graders, according to the latest information from local officials. Assembly Bill 354, signed into law September 2010, requires all incoming students in grades 7-12 to show proof of having received the Tdap whooping cough booster shot by the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Acceptable proof is a copy of immunization records or a note from the student’s doctor.

Education Matters: The education funding battle —The right fight for the wrong reason

Marsha Sutton

Although one part of a Del Mar parent’s complaint focused on using school district resources to inappropriately lobby for a political position, the larger issue was how — and why — the California Teachers Association is able to mobilize students, parents and school districts to push lawmakers for more money for education.

Education Matters: Making a case for K-8 schools

Marsha Sutton

Columnist Marsha Sutton takes a look at whether bullying in the middle school years is a result of the school structure, considering in part the views of a UCLA psychology professor whose area of expertise is young adolescent peer relationships and school adjustment.

Education Matters: Bully beware — A serious issue takes center stage

Marsha Sutton

In an attempt to bring more focus on the chronic problem of bullying in schools, local California Assembly member Ben Hueso introduced a resolution declaring March to be School Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. The resolution, which was heard in Sacramento March 25, passed.

Education Matters: Education decimation

Marsha Sutton

A number of briefs have accumulated that are educationally noteworthy, mostly having to do with the frightful decimation of the education budget in Sacramento.

Education Matters: The fight for civics education

Marsha Sutton

The Dreyfuss Initiative, founded by Encinitas resident and Academy award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, seeks to revive and expand the teaching of civics in our public schools.

Education Matters: Restricting students’ freedom of speech

Marsha Sutton

Students in a school environment are not guaranteed the same expansive right to freedom of speech or expression granted to adults in the United States, but pinpointing exactly where to draw the line has become a recurrent dilemma.

Education Matters: Leaving a legacy of unfair advantage

As high school seniors ponder their future academic careers, a new study just released indicates it’s not quite a level playing field out there in College Admissions Land. No one will call this earthshaking news but the study is compelling nevertheless.

Education Matters: Arguing with a rock star

Marsha Sutton

I wouldn’t want to argue with the likes of Diane Ravitch. It would be like disagreeing with the Pope over religious ideology.

Education Matters: Give new school trustees a chance

As the election puts an end to longevity on the board, let’s wait and see what the new board can accomplish.

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  • Surf Soccer Club Academy GU9 team tops in division at 2014 Albion Cup July 25, 2014
    The Surf Soccer Club Academy GU9 team took first place in the 2014 Albion Cup (Girls U9 Cup) on July 18-21. They beat Carlsbad United’s top GU9 team in the semi-finals and went on to shut out Strikers FC in the finals, 4-0. Awesome tournament play by the entire team! […]
  • Surf Academy Select BU9 win it all at Albion Cup July 25, 2014
    San Diego Surf Academy Select BU9 won it all at the Albion Cup July 19-21! After winning their Showcase division by going unbeaten all weekend, they defeated Legends FC 4-1 in the finals on Monday. This is the second year in a row this team has won the Albion Cup. […]
  • Pushing boundaries July 24, 2014
    Few issues cause parents more distress than changes in school boundaries. Who can forget the tumult when in 2002 the Del Mar Union School District moved hundreds of families from one attendance area to another? Resentment still lingers, 12 years later. The San Dieguito Union High School District created its system of boundaries nearly 18 years ago that has w […]