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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  • ‘Downton Abbey’ Spring Tea to be held by Del Mar Community Connections April 18, 2014
    All things “Downton Abbey”— from ‘20s tunes to exotic teas — will be featured as Del Mar Community Connections holds its annual spring tea on Wednesday, April 23, at St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 324 14th St., Del Mar. The 2-4 p.m. event includes music from the “Downton” era performed by entertainers “Janet and Jay” and piano music provided by Lori Ritman, who al […]
  • Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Solana Beach and Del Mar April 18, 2014
    Cathedral Catholic extended its winning streak to 11 games as the Dons opened Western League play with a 7-2 victory over Patrick Henry on April 9. The victory followed a 7-4 nonleague win against Mater Dei Catholic two days earlier. Will Law had three hits including a home run and a double and drove in four runs to lead the Dons in the Patrick Henry game. […]
  • Man pleads guilty in fatal Del Mar hit-and-run case April 17, 2014
    A man who drove drunk and struck a marine biologist in a crosswalk in Del Mar, then fled the scene, pleaded guilty April 16 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and a hit-and-run allegation. Christopher ``Chip’’ Stockmeyer, 41, faces between nine and 15 years in prison when he is sentenced June 20 for the March 28 death of Rachel Morrison. […]