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Proposed Ballot Measure Calls For School Board Reform

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Aired 10/13/10

Critics of the San Diego Unified School District are putting together a ballot measure that could change how the local system is governed. San Diegans for Great Schools is calling for the changes.

— Critics of the San Diego Unified School District want to change the way the district is managed by overhauling the school board.

San Diegans for Great Schools says the district has failed kids for far too long. The group is made-up of business leaders, professors and parents.

Members point to data that shows more than 80 percent of minority students in San Diego Unified are not proficient in school.

They believe the district's school board is a source of the problem -- from the loss of superintendents to stalled education reforms.

“This has been wasted time that our children do not have to waste,” said Katie Anderson, a mother with two kids in San Diego schools.

The group says its ballot measure would stabilize the district by expanding the school board from five to nine people. A special commission would appoint the four new members.

The expanded board would have to vote on plans designed to get more kids to learn at each school. The board would have to report progress or setbacks to San Diego's city council.

Scott Himelstein is the leader of San Diegans for Great Schools. He says this hybrid school board model doesn't exist anywhere else. But it's the right fit for San Diego.

He says the current five-member panel is too influenced by special interests like the teachers union.

“Right now, if you get three votes, you have all of the power in the district,” Himelstein said

But some say appointing close to half of the members on the school board is undemocratic. Trustee John Evans says adding more people is not the answer especially given the district's money problems.

“We are in a crisis and the community needs to come together,” Evans said. “Proposals that make the district less democratic is not a way to bring the community together.”

San Diegans for Great Schools hopes to place the measure on the ballot for the June primary or the next scheduled special election.

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oldschoolcool | October 12, 2010 at 5:01 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This group is an embarrassment to themselves, their families, and San Diego!

Ignorance is not bliss... it is the SDUSD belief system!
Like the POWAY District is becoming ... no Pledge ? No Pride ? Disgraceful. Replaceable employees with anyone.
Unions prove a disgrace.
Amazing abuse and disgrace to this group of thieves in the SDSB and PUSD.
Best bet on this issue... as THEY directed.... vote after the elections.... where the thieves can appoint their friends.
No one will know, 'cause us citizens' are to dumb to figure that out? eh?
Balance and Qualified? We will see and judge tomorrow.
For now, liars and thieves rule this article and the downtown "press release" parasite BS is just a joke until election day. Then it is our turn.

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