September 17, 2014 (El Cajon)--Advanced Training Associates, an accredited private college that provides training in medical and business occupations to civilians, veterans and active duty military located in El Cajon, CA, hosted the largest graduation ceremony in the school’s history on September 9.
September 19, 2014 (San Diego)—You won’t be seeing an armored vehicle on San Diego Unified School District campuses after all. The District has decided to return a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle, or MRAP, that had been donated by the U.S. Department of Defense.
GUHSD SUPERINTENDENT ISSUES STATEMENT ON UNIFICATION; ALPINE EDUCATION LEADER RESPONDS WITH REBUTTAL
By Miriam Raftery
Photo: GUHSD Superintendent Ralf Swenson
September 18, 2014 (Alpine)—The Grossmont Union High School District Board (GUHSD) has passed a resolution opposing the proposed Alpine unification initiative. Now, Superintendent Ralf Swenson has issued a statement to media voicing disappointment that a County committee has approved the unification measure and sent it on to the State Board of Education to take action. He wants to see all voters in the district have a say on unification, not just voters in Alpine.
In his letter, Swenson claims a unified Alpine district won’t be able to afford to build and operate a high school offering programs comparable to those in the Grossmont district but insists that the GUHSD can’t afford to build the school, either. Moreover, he claims that the GUHSD remains 2,400 students below the “trigger” that the district has set for enrollment and that further declines are projected, making the likelihood that the district would ever build the promised 12th high school for Alpine appear to be virtually zero.
His letter has sparked a heated response, including a rebuttal from education leader Bill Weaver debunking dubious claims made by the Superintendent. Weaver has previously co-chaired education and business commitees for both the East County and Mountain Empire Chambers of Commerce.
State’s only community college district to net 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
September 17, 2014 (El Cajon) - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Tuesday received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award, a national honor recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Sep. 14, 2014 (San Diego) The San Diego Unified School District has announced that schools will be on minimum school day tomorrow due to the heat. These will be schools without 100 percent air conditioning.
By Nadin Abbott
September 11, 2014 (San Diego)--California Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Tani Cantil-Sakauye addressed UCSD alumni at the Symphony Towers in downtown San Diego today. She emphasized the need to teach civics to students. She believes it is critical “to educate so people can better understand what the branch does and why we do it.”
Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications
September 9, 2014 (San Diego) - The University of California, San Diego is ranked the 8th best public university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s 2015 Best Colleges guidebook, released today, ranks UC San Diego the 37th best university in the U.S. among more than 200 public, private and for-profit institutions.
DIVERSITY DIALOGUE CONTINUE TO ENGAGE AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE: SERIES STARTS SEPT. 17, RUNS THROUGH NOV. 12
September 8, 2014 (Rancho San Diego)--The power of music. People of different generations working together. Disabilities that go unrecognized. Talking to your kids about diversity. These topics and more will be covered over the fall semester in six workshops at Cuyamaca College’s Diversity Dialogues, a series now in its third year that focuses on a variety of diversity awareness and social justice issues.
Community asked to sponsor a student for $50 each
September 7, 2014 (La Mesa)--On Saturday, September 13th, the students and staff of the Helix Highlander Band and Color Guard have committed to a 12 hour practice challenge for their annual Rehearse-A-Thon, raising money while perfecting their competitive show.
Provided by The Times of San Diego and San Diego Jewish World, both members of the San Diego Online News Association (SDONA)
September 6, 2014 (San Diego)--A person who was held by campus police after authorities found a San Diego State building marred by graffiti, including swastikas, was described by an SDSU spokeswoman on Wednesday, Sept. 3, as a “54-year-old man from Santee who has known mental issues and was off his medication.”
RALLY TODAY URGES GOVERNOR TO SIGN BLOCK'S BILL ALLOWING COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO OFFER SOME 4-YEAR DEGREES
By Miriam Raftery
September 4, 2014 (San Diego) – Educators and business leaders plan a rally today at 10:30 to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 850, a bill by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees in areas where a local workforce need for the degree program can be demonstrated. The bill arrived at the governor’s office on Aug. 28, and he has 30 days from receipt of the measure to approve or veto the legislation.
The rally is planned at SeaBotix, a manufacturer of mini-remotely operated vehicle systems with underwater expertise, and will include a demonstration of how the facility could benefit from the bill.
By Miriam Raftery
September 2, 2014 (Sacramento)--One in five students nationwide is a victim of sexual assault, Increasingly, campuses across America are facing criticism for not doing enough to protect students from sexual assault.
Caption: Head of School Kevin Yaley (left) and San Diego River Park Foundation Trustee Jim Dawe with Parker graduate Marly Isler, signing her booklets. Photo Courtesy of Francis Parker School / Ken Stone
August 27, 2014 (San Diego)-- The San Diego River has stories to tell — if you know where to find them. A booklet by Francis Parker School graduate Marly Isler fills the bill. And it's easy to find.
SAN DIEGO (August 25, 2014) — San Diego State University students are welcomed back this fall with new leadership, changing buildings, accomplished returning and 54 new faculty and a multitude of new majors and classes, which will enhance the student experience.
GROSSMONT LEARNS A LESSON: COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO SUPPORT UNIFICATION OF ALPINE DISTRICT
View a video of the complete San Diego County Board of Education meeting on the unification plan: http://stream.sdcoe.net/wc/boardmeeting081314/
By Miriam Raftery and Bill Weaver
August 17, 2014 (Alpine)--The County Board of Education provided a learning experience Wednesday to the Grossmont Union High School District: If you ignore the will of voters and spend off bond money slated for a new Alpine high school on other projects, there are consequences.
Report finds 3 East County schools among state’s worst for educating English learners
By Miriam Raftery and Sharon Penny
Updated August 14, 2014 to include a response from the GUHSD
August 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -A quarter of all school districts in California are failing to educate many children who don’t speak English, according to figures obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union on the Department of Education’s website.
County News Service
August 17, 2014 (San Diego)--OK, it’s back-to-school time, Let’s start off with a little math review.
August 11, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - A ribbon cutting ceremonyh will be held for the grand opening of El Capitan High School's new physical education building on Friday, August 29 at 1 p.m.
Project amenities for the new 18,405-square-foot building include boys and girls locker rooms, showers, wrestling/aerobics room, fitness/weight room, team rooms, training room and coaches offices. Site upgrades include: demolition of the older locker room building, replacement of new exterior basketball courts, multiple shade structures for outdoor fitness and a new sand volleyball court. See attached invitation.
By Miriam Raftery
August 10, 2014 (San Diego) - It’s back to school time at San Diego State University, which is welcoming 4,600 incoming freshmen and 2,800 transfer students. Orientation events greeted the newcomers, along with over 5,000 parents and guests, with information on class registration and degree requirements, tips for success--and the SDSU Fight Song.
DEADLINE FRIDAY TO FILE AND RUN FOR MOST LOCAL OFFICES: GUHSD LACKS FULL SLATE OF CHALLENGERS FOR SCHOOL BOARD POSITIONS
Hear our interview with GUHSD member Priscilla Schreiber and Nick Marinovich, who says he was pressured to resign off the district's Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, on why they want to see new candidates step forward to run for the board: http://kiwi6.com/file/1fth2nlrky
By Miriam Raftery
August 7, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- Tomorrow, August 8 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to file for running for most local offices in East County--though if an incumbent opts not to file for reelection, that deadline can be extended for several more days.
Some local districts don't have enough people running to fill the seats--including the Grossmont Union High School District, where at last check only two challengers have filed for three seats, despite controversy including a Grand Jury admonishment. One of those challengers, Dr. Gary Woods, opposes a high school for Alpine and was previously voted out; his election would solidify the anti-Alpine high school majority on the board. (Note: incumbent Dick Hoy has said he won't seek reelection, thus this filing deadline will likely be extended.)
Alpine's Community Planning Group has just 5 candidates so for to fill 7 seats.
These are just two examples of a race where the balance of power could shift--or not--depending on which candidates if any step forward to run.
Local seats on the November ballot include school boards, planning groups, water boards, fire boards, mayor and city councils across East County. Currently a numberof these positions have no candidates filed to run, or only one candidate, leaving voters without a choice.
August 6, 2014 (San Diego) – It’s back to school time—and Check Center locations around San Diego County will give away free backpacks and school supplies to the first 250 children who stop by on Saturday, August 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This includes an East County location at 1090 East Main Street, Suite 103 in El Cajon.
East County News Service
August 6, 2014 (San Diego)--San Diego State University is launching a new program aimed at empowering music studies to run successful businesses.
‘Create Your Life’ provides adult re-entry students an overview of available support
July 31, 2014 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont College Adult Re-entry program will host an orientation, “Create Your Life,” from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Griffin Gate, located in building 60, room 180, in Griffin Center at Grossmont College.
Grossmont CBOC Member Nick Marinovich Resigns After Pressure From Asking Tough Questions
By Sharon Penny
July 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--The Grossmont Union High School District’s (GUHSD) Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) serves on behalf of San Diego County taxpayers to “independently review the planning and execution of the Proposition H and Proposition U bond programs to validate to the public and the Governing Board that bond funds are spent within the intent of the bond measure.” East County Magazine has raised questions over problems with the CBOC’s watchdog role in a radio interview a few months ago.
Since his appointment to CBOC in June 2013, Nick Marinovich has a history of questioning the GUHSD Board about what many view as its inadequate responses for plans for an Alpine High School (funded by Proposition U) and for not properly addressing the Grand Jury’s report criticizing the Boardm as ECM has reported.
Effective June 19, Marinovich “resigned” from the CBOC. GUHSD Board member Priscilla Schreiber has told East County Magazine that she believes Marinovich was ”indirectly forced” to resign due to his probing questions and failure of the board to respond to his follow-up efforts.
July 2, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - WASHINGTON – With recent data showing an increase in sexual assaults on college campuses across the nation, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) is taking steps to make colleges safer. In the House of Representatives, Davis recently cosponsored the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which would require institutes of higher education to improve reporting of incidents of crimes on campus as well as report what measures are being implemented to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
June 27, 2014 (El Cajon) - From student body president at Grossmont College during the 1960s to his fundraising efforts on behalf of students over the past 10 years, Ernest Ewin is the gift to East County’s community colleges that keeps on giving.
TRANSFORMING EARLY LEARNERS INTO SUPERB READERS: PROMOTING LITERACY AT SCHOOL, AT HOME, AND WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, BY ANDREA M. NELSON-ROYES, EdD
Book Review by Dennis Moore
Andrea Nelson-Royes, EdD, an educator, researcher, author, and parent who has a passionate interest in how children learn to read and how to keep them reading, has authored a book that demonstrates all that she has experienced and believes in; Transforming Early Learners into Superb Readers: Promoting Literacy at School, at Home, and within the Community. It starts for her at home with her own children, endeavoring to give them the opportunity at the best possible education that they can get. Being a mother of four children gives her ample time and opportunity to test her passion for the education of other parent’s children.
By Jaden Jimenez
June 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Following last year’s plan that was signed by Governor Brown, districts will have the ability to direct funds to specific areas in their schools rather than being told by the state for direction.
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) creates concentration grants in place of the existing funding plans giving districts more say in how money should be spent on education in their specific district. This eliminates revenue limits and will cut out three quarters of state categorical programs which are currently deciding what funds are needed for specific expenditures, without any consideration to the needs of each individual district.
READER'S EDITORIAL: SHOULD CALIFORNIA'S POOREST SCHOOLCHILDREN BE INTEREST FREE LENDERS TO THE STATE?
By Gloria Roma
June 12, 2014 (San Diego)--Should California's poorest schoolchildren be the interest free lenders of first resort to the state? I don't think so, but they are. For the past 10 years, the state has been diverting the property taxes that were allocated to schools to cover the state's other obligations. Most counties still report the property taxes are going to schools, even though they are not getting there. This violation of the public trust hurts our schools and our state.
By Miriam Raftery
June 11, 2014 (Washington D.C.)-- Students graduating from college today face an increasing burden of debt. The average undergraduate student must borrow $30,000 and for graduate students, the burden is many times worse. The high cost of tuition, even at public colleges and universities, has made college unaffordable for many students.