City Hall agenda on education reform
City Council President Tony Young and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a candidate for mayor, on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 promoted a plan to give the city of San Diego a greater role in local schools. Following a seven-month “Education Listening Tour,” the duo pledged to help reform San Diego schools and recruit assistance from the business community, parents and other elected officials. They...
The San Diego school board is set to decide how to distribute federal anti-poverty funds on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 continuing a heated debate that has divided teachers, parents and their elected representatives. And, the board appears poised to reverse a decision made last year to raise the school poverty threshold for distributing federal Title I funds. Trustees all but decided to rescind...
Tangle of School Finding
California’s already convoluted system of public school finance is about to get even more complicated— and controversial. That’s because there will undoubtedly be an aggressive campaign to reverse a possible $1.35 billion midyear budget cut to K-12 public schools when lawmakers return to the Capitol January 4, 2012. While money, or rather the lack of it, is of critical importance, it’s...
Are People Buried on School Grounds?
No there are no bodies buried on the Crawford campus. The confusion comes from years of students seeing two small tomb stones with inscriptions at the south east corner of the 800 Building. The memorial markers lay in repose in the large tree planter surrounded by plants and trees.
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When Robert “Bob” McElroy, talks about being one of four community leaders honored by the San Diego County Ecumenical Council for his commitment to the Christian faith and the ecumenical movement, he is anxious to share the recognition. “It’s not my award,” he says, sweeping an arm expansively to encompass the entire Neil Good Day Center. On that afternoon, the center and its outside yard are...
Did a former Crawford High Alumnus really appear as the Playmate of the month in Playboy magazine in 1969? Yes, it’s true! Believe it or not!
Monica Henestroza is the person who decodes all this grim news for San Diego Unified. And she’s also the one who fights back. As its government relations director and lobbyist, Henestroza meets with state lawmakers and tells the school board how goings-on in Sacramento will impact schools here.
Photo by Kellie Kim, Class of 2011
Sherri Schuler Lightner is the Councilmember for San Diego City Council District 1, elected on November 4th, 2008. According to SANDAG, Council District 1 has a population of 188,625 people, and includes the communities of Carmel Valley, Del Mar Heights, the North City Future Urbanizing Area (Black Mountain Ranch, Del Mar Mesa, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Torrey Highlands), most of La Jolla and...
Crawford Complex Announcements
*SAT - December 3rd, 2011 *IDEA Assembly - December 5th, 2011 *CHAMPs Assembly - December 6th, 2011 *Fall Sports Awards - December 6th, 2011 *LAB Assembly - December 8th, 2011 *Winter Talent Show - December 8th, 2011 *MVAS Field Trip - December 9th, 2011 *MVAS Assembly - December 9th, 2011 *ACT - December 10th, 2011 *Staff Meeting PD: PLC’s - December 14th, 2011 *IDEA Field Trip - December 16th,...
One of todays most influential Artists and Educators in the American Visual Arts scene is Deborah Butterfield. The California Native was born in 1949 in San Diego on the day of the 75th running of the Kentucky Derby. This fortuitous event was an omen of the close life-path her life with equines would take. She herself credits the event of her birth on Derby Day as the determining factor of her...
The life adventure of one former Colt is strange… but true. Who would could have for seen that a Crawford High Grad would fly the friendly skies of the PSA smiling jets and end up on the pages of two separate issues of Playboy Publications. This Crawford High Alumnus of the Class of 1977 went to San Diego Mesa College for training, and then end up working as a flight attendant for the San Diego...
The San Diego Unified School District’s $2.1 billion bond construction program has fallen on tough times, with major projects facing suspension this year and the likelihood of issuing any new bonds in 2012 uncertain. Due to the real estate collapse, the district’s payments for the 2008 Proposition S and the 1998 Proposition MM bond measures are $15 million to $20 million above tax...
Joan Embery has served as a champion of environmental, conservation and preservation issues around the world, most notably as spokeswoman for the Zoological Society of San Diego. She has had the opportunity to express her passion for animals with a multitude of audiences from youth to veterinary students to corporate executives. Her work has included hundreds of television shows as diverse as...
Blast to the Past
Check out this Crawford vs. Mt. Miguel football program from 1961 at the John Fry website at: http://www.johnfry.com/pages/FP611117.html
Teresa Yvonne Zwartjes Kirchner, Class of 1973 Passed Away on November 3, 2011
Nathan East, Crawford High Class of 1973, has received a Congressional Record from the United States Congress, House of Representatives recognizing him as a distinguished member of the music industry. Also honored with a Congressional Record was the jazz super group, Fourplay, of which Nathan is a founding member. The award was presented by A. Robert Brown, Sr., and Advisor to Congressman Ed...
All schools and district administrative sites will be closed November 21 to 25, 2011 for Thanksgiving Break. Students will resume classes and facilities will reopen Monday, November 28.
In a survey released Wednesday, November 15, 2011 by the Public Policy Institute of California 44 percent of parents in the state say K-12 schools are doing a good or excellent job of preparing students for college coursework. The poll surveyed 2,053 California adults between October 25 and November 8, 2011. This survey has a margin of error of 3.1%.
What Cuts Mean
The cuts would be the first step toward insolvency and state takeover, a dramatic step that would strip control from the superintendent and the school board. School officials estimate it would deepen cuts by more than $30 million, money the district was banking on when it rehired teachers this summer. The Department of Finance of the State of California will issue its own forecast in December....
Bracing for cuts
Based on news coming from Sacramento on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 schools throughout San Diego County and California have cause to worry about their fate. A fiscal report issued by the state’s independent analyst predicts revenues will fall far behind last summer’s anticipated $4 billion increase in state income. A projected $3.7 billion shortfall is enough to trigger a...
SDUSD Work Force
Nearly half of San Diego Unified employees are not regularly evaluated, according to a new school district report that found huge gaps in holding school workers accountable. The school district has rules on the books about how often workers should be assessed, but they haven’t been followed, the report says. Deputy Superintendent Phil Stover presented the report to the school board on the...
The American Civil Liberties Union has resumed a lawsuit against the State of California, alleging lax enforcement of the Constitutional ban on mandated fees for students using a public school system that’s supposed to be free. The state Constitution guarantees a free education for all students and the state Supreme Court ruled in 1984 that both curricular and extracurricular activities are...
If anyone’s blood ever ran Aztec red, it would have to have been Allan R. Bailey’s, Crawford High Class of 1960. Dr. Bailey, a former San Diego State University accounting professor, business college dean and prodigious fundraiser, worked at SDSU for his entire professional career and lived nearby for almost his entire life. Just weeks after a retirement ceremony in which his...