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Palomar College Goes Forward With $1 Million Presidential Suite Despite Questions About Cost

March 1
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Construction of Palomar College President Joi Lin Blake’s $1 million office suite is moving forward after she defended the project on Friday to the school’s committee that oversees bond spending.

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Palomar College Committee To Meet Friday On $1 Million Presidential Suite

Feb. 28
By Megan Wood / inewsource

A week after inewsource reported that Palomar College is spending $1 million to remodel its new $67 million library to build a top-floor presidential suite, the group that oversees the school’s bond spending will meet to reconsider the project.

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Palomar College Spending $1 Million To Remodel New Library For Presidential Suite

Feb. 21
By Megan Wood / inewsource

As officials prepare for the Friday grand opening of a $67 million library at Palomar College, crews have already begun demolishing part of the building’s top floor to build President Joi Lin Blake an office suite.

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Founder Of California-Based Diabetes Network Pleads Guilty In Public Corruption Case

Jan. 4
By Brandon Quester / inewsource, Megan Wood / inewsource

The founder of a nationwide chain of diabetes clinics, which inewsource investigated for months, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to conspiring to bribe a state lawmaker in Alabama.

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San Diego After-School Nonprofit Continued To Use ‘All-Stars’ Name After Being Told To Stop

Dec. 21, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Months before San Ysidro school officials paid $276,000 for an after-school program that never got off the ground, the national After-School All-Stars nonprofit started by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said it had revoked the local group’s right to use the name.

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HiCaliber Horse Rescue Evicted From Valley Center Ranch

Dec. 14, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

The ranch’s owners are suing HiCaliber and its co-founders for $4 million, alleging damage to the property, breach of contract and negligence

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San Ysidro School Officials Still Seeking Refund For $276K After-School Program That Never Happened

Dec. 12, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

It’s been two months since inewsource reported that the San Ysidro School District was trying to recoup some or all of the $276,000 it paid for an after-school program that never happened, but so far it hasn’t received any reimbursement.

San Ysidro school board President Rosaleah Pall...

$107,000 Payment OK’d For Terminated San Ysidro School Official

Nov. 26, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

The San Ysidro school board has agreed to pay $107,000 to a former district official who was dismissed in 2016 without explanation 11 days after the board honored her for her “hard work and dedication.”

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San Ysidro School District Spent $276,000 On After-School Program That Never Happened

Oct. 18, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

A San Diego woman who touts her connections to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and billionaire philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to promote her after-school programs sold the San Ysidro School District a sports and cheer package that never happened.

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Claiming ‘Hardship’ And Getting Paid For Missed Meetings Is Now Harder For Sweetwater Trustees

Sept. 11, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

The Sweetwater school board voted unanimously Monday night to tighten the rules for when trustees can claim “hardship” and get paid for missing a meeting.

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School Trustee Asked To Be Paid For Missed Board Meeting; He Was Dining With Gavin Newsom

Sept. 10, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Sweetwater trustee Nicholas Segura wanted to be paid $413.50 for missing the school board meeting, citing “hardship” as the reason.

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Tracking Student ACT Scores In San Diego County

Aug. 15, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

A little more than 65 percent of San Diego County high school seniors who took the ACT exam last year scored at or above the national average of 21, based on a scale of 1 to 36. The county’s overall score was 7.5 percentage points higher than the state’s.

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San Diego County AP Test Scores Higher Than State Average

Aug. 14, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Nearly 63 percent of all Advanced Placement tests taken by San Diego County high school students in 2017 were passed, allowing them to earn college credits early. That’s almost 7 percentage points higher than the state average.

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What’s Behind The New SAT Scores In San Diego County

Aug. 7, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

More than half of San Diego County high school seniors who took the SAT during the 2016-17 school year were considered “college and career ready” based on the latest test results, but there’s more to the numbers.

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Ex-San Ysidro Superintendent Sues School Board Member For Defamation

July 19, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

A former San Ysidro School District superintendent who state auditors say possibly committed financial misdeeds sued a school board member this month for defamation, claiming the trustee ran a “malicious” and “despicable” campaign against him.

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San Diego Christian College Gets Suspended By State Tax Agency

July 18, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

The state Franchise Tax Board suspended San Diego Christian College this month for failing to file a tax return. That means the private, nonprofit school in Santee can’t legally do business and has lost the right to use its name.

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Sen. Toni Atkins Intervenes; San Diego Unified Gets $250,000 For Homeless Students

June 26, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

State Senate President Toni Atkins has helped secure the San Diego Unified School District $250,000 to support homeless students next year after the district lost out on federal funding because of a missing signature on a grant application.

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Flawed Applications Cost Other San Diego County School Districts Homeless Funding

June 15, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

San Diego Unified wasn’t the only San Diego County school district this year to lose out on thousands of dollars in funding to help homeless students because of a flawed grant application.

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Scott Peters’ Plea To Help Get San Diego Unified Homeless Student Funding Rejected

June 4, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

The state schools superintendent has rejected Congressman Scott Peters’ plea to reconsider the San Diego Unified School District’s disqualification for up to $750,000 in funding for homeless students over the next three years.

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Rep. Peters Makes Plea To Get Funding For San Diego Unified’s Homeless Students

May 21, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Congressman Scott Peters asked the state schools superintendent this week to consider giving funding to the San Diego Unified School District for homeless students even though its grant application was missing a signature.

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San Diego Unified Official Takes Blame Over Lost Funding For Homeless Students

May 11, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

The official who oversees homeless student programs for the San Diego Unified School District accepted blame Friday for a missing signature on a grant application that cost the district up to $750,000 in federal funding.

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Missing Signature Costs San Diego Unified Funding For Homeless Students

May 11, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

The San Diego Unified School District enrolled the third most homeless students in the state last year, yet it will miss out on up to $750,000 in federal funding for these students because of a missing signature from a finance official on its application.

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San Diego County Homeless Student Count Reaches Record High. But How Real Are The Numbers?

Feb. 13, 2018
By Megan Wood / inewsource

New data show more than 23,800 students were homeless last year in San Diego County — a record high and a 4.7 percent increase over the previous year.

The San Diego Christian College campus in Sante...

San Diego Christian College Replaces CFO Amid Questions About School’s Finances

Nov. 28, 2017
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Following an inewsource investigation into the finances of San Diego Christian College, a school official confirmed Monday that Steve Chaney is no longer its chief financial officer.

The San Diego Christian College campus in Sante...

Still No Word From San Diego Christian College; inewsource Responds To Allegations Anyway

Nov. 15, 2017
By Megan Wood / inewsource

San Diego Christian College still has not provided inewsource with documents accounting for $20 million in expenses, which were brought to light in our investigation published Oct. 30. We have asked repeatedly for this information.

The San Diego Christian College campus in Sante...

Christian College Claims Inaccuracies In Story But Is Mum On Details

Nov. 2, 2017
By Megan Wood / inewsource

At close-of-business Tuesday, an official at San Diego Christian College emailed parents and students alleging our investigation about questionable expenses “presents information regarding SDC that is inaccurate.”

The San Diego Christian College campus in Sante...

Christian College Can’t Explain $20 Million In Expenses; Agency Cites ‘Very Sketchy’ Budget

Oct. 31, 2017
By Megan Wood / inewsource

San Diego Christian College, a nearly 50-year-old nonprofit school in Santee, can’t account for more than $20 million in expenses that are supposed to be detailed on its public tax returns.

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More San Diego High School Students Taking ACT Test, Here’s How They Did

Aug. 5, 2017
By Megan Wood / inewsource

The number of high school seniors taking the ACT exam in San Diego County has increased more than 25 percent over the past five years.

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Search How Your High School Ranks On California AP Tests

July 21, 2017
By Megan Wood / inewsource

The state Department of Education updated Advanced Placement test data for schools across the state last month — five weeks after acknowledging it had posted incorrect scores for the 2015-16 school year.

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State Launches New System To Alert The Public To Test Score Updates

June 21, 2017
By Megan Wood / inewsource

The state’s education department has announced a new system to notify the public about data releases and updates to existing test score data on its website.

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State Admits Posting Faulty School Test Data, Promises Revisions

June 13, 2017
By Megan Wood / inewsource

The agency responsible for overseeing and analyzing public education data in California removed “bad” Advanced Placement test results from its website last month, acknowledging it had published the wrong scores from 2016.

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Despite A’s At Gompers, Former Student Talks About Feeling Unprepared

May 22, 2017
By Megan Wood / inewsource

inewsource published an investigation last week into the quality of education at Gompers Preparatory Academy, and after the story ran, a former student, Felipe Morfin Martinez, came forward to share his experience.

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Worry Advocates For Homeless Students

March 31, 2017
By Megan Wood / inewsource

With limited details available in the Trump administration’s “skinny budget,” education officials are worried that an already small source of federal funding to help homeless students succeed could be at risk.

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News In Numbers: Homeless Student Numbers Rise In San Diego County

Feb. 27, 2017
By Megan Wood / inewsource

There are 21,466 homeless students in San Diego County K-12 public schools, and the number has been growing over the past seven years.

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News In Numbers: Hundreds Of Homeless Get Free Tickets Out Of San Diego

Jan. 23, 2017
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Over the past five years, a downtown-based nonprofit has bused more than 1,000 homeless people out of San Diego in hopes of reuniting them with friends and family.

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San Diegans Are Tired Of Airport Noise And Tired Of Complaining

Dec. 28, 2016
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Airport noise complaints — up sharply in the first half of the year — have started to decline, but San Diegans who live under the flight path say it’s not necessarily quieter.

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Curfew Violations Are Costing Airlines Much More In San Diego

Nov. 21, 2016
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Flights that break the late-night takeoff curfew at San Diego International Airport are increasingly facing fines.

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San Diego Will Reopen Locked Restrooms In East Village It Paid Developer $1.6M To Maintain

Oct. 18, 2016
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Less than a week after inewsource’s story about the closed restrooms and park maintenance at Fault Line Park, the city said it is taking action to get the public amenities back open.

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Downtown Public Restrooms Remain Closed Despite Developer’s Promise To Maintain Them

Oct. 12, 2016
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Pinnacle Bayside Development received $1.6 million in public funds in exchange for maintaining Fault Line Park, including its restrooms. But two months after the park's grand opening in August 2015, the restrooms were locked.

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Otay Mesa Planning Official Runs Unpermitted RV Park

Aug. 4, 2016
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Melvyn Ingalls serves on a city board that advises the San Diego City Council and Planning Commission. He has been warned and cited four times for the RV park he operates without electrical hookups or sewage service.

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Homeless Emergency In San Ysidro Schools Escalates With Grant Loss

May 3, 2016
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Children in San Diego County are reporting to school from trailers in scrapyards, from motels near trolley tracks and from cars they call home. Whether federal funds reach these children depends on the capability of their school district grant writer.

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Medical Data Thievery Ensnares At Least 30,000 San Diegans

Feb. 12, 2016
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource, Megan Wood / inewsource

Patient records are valuable to thieves who can use the information to create and use new credit cards, file false tax returns and even commit medical fraud.