Just five years ago, San Diego was high on the list of districts most likely to become a national model. Alan Bersin had a great Blue Print and worked aggressively to improve existing schools and open innovative new schools. After firing Bersin, driving off decent superintendents that followed, and cutting ridiculous deals with employee groups, they are a national disgrace and an example of how bad urban education is in America—we have a system we can’t fix, at least not with this structure.
Terry Grier, a capable superintendent, was the latest to make a stop in SD. The Voice of SD speculates on his move to Houston While Duncan is leading a Race to the Top, SD (and CA) is leading the race to the bottom.
Despite hostile conditions, high costs, and low reimbursements, Southern California has a vibrant network of charter schools. If you want to experience an interesting contrast, visit High Tech High and then your pick of San Diego high schools.
Without the unusual alliance of business interests and minority parents, employee groups will continue to elect self-serving boards. The revolving door will continue and kids will pay the price.
Good luck in Houston Terry (they used to have a good board too).