Something magical is happening in San Diego. It is a good school district. Teachers and administrators and the school board are working towards common goals.
San Diego, in my view, is the best urban district in the nation.
I say this not based on test scores but on the climate for teaching and learning that I have observed in San Diego.
It’s not the weather, which of course is usually magnificent. Los Angeles too has great weather but it is constantly embroiled in turmoil, with teachers against administrators, the school board divided, and political tensions underlying every decision and policy.
San Diego went through its time of troubles in the late 1990s and early 2000s (I wrote about it in my next to last book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, in which I devoted a chapter to the upheaval in San Diego, where corporate-style…
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