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Joe Hong

Education Reporter

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Joe Hong has spent the past two years covering education for national and local publications. Most recently, he covered three school districts for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs. He has written about school finance, negligence in special education, and school board misconduct. Previously, he covered equity issues and historically black colleges and universities for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine based in Fairfax, Virginia.

Before a career in journalism, he was pursuing a doctorate in comparative literature at Rutgers University. He pivoted to journalism in 2016 and earned a master's degree from Columbia Journalism School in 2017, specializing in investigative reporting. In September 2019, he completed The Data Institute, a two-week workshop for journalists of color taught by ProPublica in collaboration with the Ida B. Wells Society.

Recent Stories by Joe Hong

Students from schools throughout San Diego Coun...

San Diego Students Get Their Feet Wet In Ocean Science

Nov. 20
By Joe Hong

Aiden Avalos, who is 10, says he’s wanted to be a veterinarian all his life, but he’s never been interested in the animals that live in the ocean. That changed when he saw his first tide pool.

SDSU Education Professor Luke Wood addresses st...

Black Students 'Not Surprised' By Discipline Disparity At San Diego Unified

Nov. 19
By Joe Hong

Hundreds of students, parents and educators filled the auditorium at Morse High School on Monday where they listened to San Diego State University researchers present their findings. Following the presentation, student leaders had a chance to respond.

The outside of the Board of Education building ...

San Diego Unified Voted To Join LAUSD Class-Action Against Juul

Nov. 13
By Alexander Nguyen, Joe Hong

The Board of Education voted 5-0 in favor of joining the suit in a closed session meeting Tuesday evening.

Dylan Hernandez in an undated photo uploaded to...

SDSU President Announces Task Forces In Response To Student Death

Nov. 12
By City News Service, Joe Hong

The announcement follows the death of a freshman after he attended an event at one of the university's fraternities.

The USS Midway Museum float rolling down Harbor...

San Diego Parade Brings Together Generations Of Veterans

Nov. 11
By Joe Hong

The parade featured a performance by the Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band and the horses and riders of the Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds. Organizations like the Midway Museum and the American Legion marched in the parade alongside floats of planes and aircraft carriers.

The San Diego Unified School District Board of ...

Audit: Local Control School Funding Model Failed To Close Achievement Gap

Nov. 8
By Joe Hong

The audit analyzed the statewide impact of the Local Control Funding Formula since it was implemented in 2013. The funding model was designed to give local school districts more freedom in deciding how to spend state money.

San Diego educators and experts meet to discuss...

San Diego Unified Considers Joining Class-Action Suit Against Juul

Nov. 6
By Joe Hong

As electronic cigarette use and vaping-related injuries become more common throughout the country, San Diego Unified superintendent is calling for the district to join a recent class-action lawsuit filed by Los Angeles Unified against e-cigarette producer Juul.

The outside of the San Diego Unified School Dis...

Report: Young Black Students Suspended At Higher Rate In San Diego Unified

Nov. 5
By Joe Hong

The report, titled “When They Teach US: The Education of Black Children in San Diego,” presents data from recent school years showing lower test scores and higher suspension rates for black students in the state’s second largest school district.

The outside of the San Diego Unified School Dis...

San Diego Unified Surpasses State, Nation On Test Scores

Nov. 1
By Joe Hong

Between 35 and 42% of test-takers met proficiency at San Diego Unified with scores surpassing state and national averages.

Julian Union High School District may be forced...

Longer Wildfire Season Could Mean Extended Academic Year For Some San Diego Schools

Oct. 30
By Joe Hong

As wildfire-related closures become more common, one superintendent expressed concern that the district may not meet state requirements for the minimum number of school days.

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