High school students stay out of class

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San Diego High School / Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle

There is one important factor that goes a long way in determining whether a student in San Diego County schools is likely to resume learning in the classroom or at home through distance learning. It is not race or wealth. It is age.

Will Huntsberry analyzed county-wide data from the San Diego County Office of Education and found that high school students are much more likely to stay in distance education that primary or middle school students: “Only 32% of primary school students follow full-time distance education. In college, 41% learn at a distance. And in high school, 53% of students decided to stay at home.

In San Diego Unified, high school data is even more glaring. A good 60 percent of high school students stay in distance education full time.

There are several reasons why high school students withdraw from in-person learning: some might still care for their younger siblings at home; some might have decided it wasn’t worth going back to campus for just a few months. But some may not have been well served by their pre-pandemic classrooms.

San Diego Unified School Board president Richard Barrera told Huntsberry he was confident most students would return full-time in the fall, but recognized that the district can improve learning experiences for students. students to make the feedback more attractive: “Barrera mentioned the program and the discipline as two things that should be improved. He also pointed out two changes in the work at San Diego Unified. District high schools recently adopted later start times. And next year, they’ll start using what’s called a four-by-four schedule, which means students only take four – instead of six or seven – classes a day, ”Huntsberry reports.

Speaking of high schools, now there’s a row over Lincoln

The San Diego Unified School District stepped up its war of words with City Councilor Monica Montgomery Steppe on Thursday.

School Trustee Sharon Whitehurst-Payne published an open letter in response to Montgomery-Steppe request own open letter from a few weeks ago, comparing the letter from the city councilor to the racist insult of the notoriously Catholic cathedral footballers leveled against the Lincoln High players.

“Your attack on our students and Lincoln High School is below the dignity of your office. You owe these students and our community an apology, ”wrote Whitehurst-Payne.

Montgomery Steppe’s May 19 letter had 12 questions that she wanted the district to address.

“I am writing this correspondence because of my serious concerns about the instability at LHS. The perpetual missteps have turned into a crisis that continues to impact our entire community, ”wrote Montgomery Steppe. She specifically asked for information on student performance and why the school principal, who had helped manage it alongside the principal, had recently left abruptly.

The questions and the letter were unacceptable to Whitehurst-Payne.

“You should also know better than asking for private personal information relating to district employees. I find it incredibly unprofessional to demand information about an employee transfer, ”she wrote.

School board president Richard Barrera previously rejected Montgomery Steppe’s letter in a statement to the Union-Tribune. But Whitehurst-Payne’s letter was a significant escalation in rhetoric and bubbling with contempt: “If you decide to educate yourself appropriately about Lincoln’s status, here’s what you’ll find,” it read, before listing. accomplishments that do not directly answer The Montgomery Steppe Questions.

Mayors disagree on SB 9

In a new Editorial Union-Tribune, Mayor Todd Gloria touts SB 9, a bill drafted by Senate Speaker Pro Tem Toni Atkins that would allow duplexes and quads on single-family lots.

Gloria’s support for the measure comes as no surprise: as a member of the assembly last year, he voted for an almost identical bill that ultimately failed. The relaunched version of this bill is now SB 9.

In her commentary, Gloria challenges those who complain about homelessness and housing affordability: Support the solutions or stop complaining. “If you tell us that you are embarrassed by homelessness in our city, you tell us that you will accept affordable housing in your community, ”he writes.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Solana Beach, Lesa Heebner, has explained why she does not support the measure. Last week she told VOSD’s Sara Libby that she opposes the bill and don’t think it will work for wealthy coastal communities like hers.

In a series of responses to this article, Heebner said that because the measure did not include affordable housing provisions, it could make housing more expensive in places like Solana Beach: “It is a baseless myth that in desirable places more supply will lower prices, ”she wrote.

In other news

  • In this week’s learning curve, Will Huntsberry contrasts the rhetoric used to promote the new San Diego Unified summer “experiences” with the availability of these programs.
  • The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is should force workers to continue wearing masks unless everyone in a room is fully immunized against the coronavirus. (NBC San Diego)
  • A Community Energy Choice Program serving Riverside County is bankruptcy. Leaders of two similar programs in San Diego County say they are financially secure. (Union-Tribune)
  • A day after local and federal law enforcement held a press conference warning of increasingly dangerous human trafficking efforts, federal agents detained more than a dozen people who had crossed the country in a fishing boat. (NBC San Diego)

The Morning Report was written by Sara Libby and Scott Lewis.

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