Skip to main content

Breaking News: WATCH LIVE: Biden speaks on COVID-19 economic relief (Posted 01/22/21 at 11:33 a.m.)

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Transfer Of Power | Racial Justice

Roundtable: Back To School 2019

A parked school bus in San Diego, Nov. 1, 2018.

Photo by KPBS Staff

Above: A parked school bus in San Diego, Nov. 1, 2018.

KPBS Roundtable podcast branding

This week's episode focuses on education as San Diego Unified School District begins a new academic year, the Sweetwater Union High School District grapples with a major budget shortfall, and local students sound off on whether they feel safe on campus.

Aired: August 30, 2019 | Transcript

Roundtable Guests:

John Carroll, reporter, KPBS News

Adriana Heldiz, multimedia producer, Voice of San Diego

Will Huntsberry, reporter, Voice of San Diego

Kristen Taketa, reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Unified begins a new school year

More than 100,000 students returned to class in the San Diego Unified School District this week. The district is calling attention to its focus on student health by highlighting improvements to food menus and the phase-in of later start times. By next year, all schools will start no earlier than 8:30 am. The district is also focusing on improved access to advanced math courses for underrepresented groups.

RELATED: California Poised To Overhaul Charter Schools

Budget cuts for Sweetwater schools

Parents raised their voices this week at the Sweetwater Union High School District’s board meeting. They are concerned about a budget shortfall that is jeopardizing bus service. In some cases, students must walk several miles to reach campus. The district includes schools in San Ysidro, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Bonita and National City.

RELATED: Sweetwater Budget Woes To Cut Into Already Ailing Adult Education Programs

San Diego students weigh in on campus safety

The state of California has released its latest annual survey on student safety. Voice of San Diego analyzed the results to find where students feel the most and least safe. At dozens of local schools, including a few elementary schools, the number of students who report feeling safe is below 50%. Physical violence and bullying are among the factors.

RELATED: What Three New San Diego Schools Tell Us About Safety And Design

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Roundtable banner

Roundtable is a lively discussion of the week's top stories. Local journalists join host Mark Sauer to provide insight into how these stories affect residents of the San Diego region.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.