Top Stories: July 14-21

These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of July 14-21.
1. In one of the most San Diego Dispute Ever, County Employees Are Battling for the Right to Use Flip-Flops
The newest front in the labor negotiations in between the San Diego County government and union workers is Casual Tuesday. ( Ry Rivard).
2. For Women, Hillcrest Isn’t really the Only Gayborhood.
When the census data is mapped, you can see a divide that may amaze those who presume Hillcrest is the regional gay mecca: Lesbian couples are a lot more commonly distributed around the county than their gay male counterparts, who have the tendency to cluster in and around the progressive sanctuary of Hillcrest. ( Randy Dotinga).
3. Whatever We understand About Summer Stephan’s Function in the Stephanie Crowe Murder Case.

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Interim DA Summertime Stephan has defended her role in prosecuting three teen boys for the murder of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe, and recommended significant decisions were made prior to she signed up with the prosecution. But interviews with crucial players, media reports and court records shed light on how essential she was to the case and exactly what went wrong. (Ashly McGlone).
4. San Diego Unified Has an Overwhelming List of Problems, and the District Ought to Lean Into Them.
San Diego Unified, under Superintendent Cindy Marten, has actually been obsessed not with fixing its issues but with denying they exist. (Scott Lewis).
5. Once again, Significant Homeless Policy Might Be Driven by Legal representatives, Not Lawmakers.
The city’s been hit with another class action suit over its interactions with homeless San Diegans. The attorneys behind the fit say they intend to force policy services they believe the city has dragged its feet on. (Lisa Halverstadt ).
6. North County Report: Real estate Struggles Continue in Encinitas.

The Del Mar Races are dealing with earnings and attendance, Carlsbad’s brand-new Council districts could pit incumbents against each other, one of Rep. Darrell Issa’ schallengers generates a huge fundraising haul and more in our weekly roundup of news from North County. (Ruarri Serpa).

7. Yes, SANDAG and Other Agencies Are Allowed to Lie on the Tally.
The San Diego Association of Federal governments has two times misinformed voters about how much loan the agency could raise through tax increases, which raises a simple concern: Is it legal? Basically. (Andrew Keatts).
8. Mayhem and Confusion Pervade Homeless Camps Downtown.
As homelessness rises in San Diego, so does cops enforcement and questions about where the homeless are enabled to go– previously and after they’re struck with citations and orders to keep away. ( Lisa Halverstadt).
9. Time for Elected Leaders to Step Up to Streamline Development Rules.
California lawmakers and our governor have the ability to reform the structure authorization process to develop more housing much faster. (Ginger Hitzke).
10. Opinion: AB 805 Open New Opportunities for San Diego’s Other Transit Agencies.
AB 805 would create new chances for taxpayer protection and the relatively poorly moneyed North County Transit District. ( Cori Schumacher).
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Early morning Report: For Homeless, the Law Is Muddled and Vindictive

Alexis Leftridge, a 22-year-old lady who’s survived on the streets and been apprehended or pointed out a minimum of 15 times over the past 2 years, mostly for blocking the sidewalk in downtown with her camping tent. She went to jail 3 times, investing nights there while pregnant.
” They’re investing loan on putting us in jail instead of investing money on putting us into programs or housing that will assist us leave the street,” she tells our Lisa Halverstadt.
She has a point: The city is undoubtedly devoting substantial resources to implementing the law versus the homeless in such a way explained by critics as capricious. “Police citations and interactions have specifically skyrocketed in downtown San Diego, where an organisation group’s most recent count tallied more than 1,200 living on the streets in those areas alone,” Halverstadt reports. “There, chaos and confusion are palpable. … Exactly what’s appropriate one day may not be the next. And some homeless individuals appear to draw in more attention from cops and security groups than others for factors that aren’t constantly clear to them.”
Knowing Curve: The GATE Gap
A prominent critic of the school program for skilled and talented kids referred to as GATE says “gifted programs are some of the most racist, elitist, classist and prejudiced programs in the country.” The numbers give weight to the critic’s arguments.
As our Maya Srikrishnan describes in this week’s Knowing Curve, “in 2016-2017, although Latinos comprise more than 44 percent of the total registration at San Diego Unified, they comprised only 33 percent of the GATE program. For black trainees, the disproportionality is even worse, with an 8 percent total enrollment rate, however just a 3 percent registration in the GATE program.”
Asians make up a big piece of the GATE population– 14 percent of the total, more than 4 times the percentage of blacks.

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The critic, a Vanderbilt University professor, has found proof that white instructors are less likely to refer black and Latino trainees to GATE programs.
Pro, Con on Offering Big Cities a Bigger State at SANDAG
Regional state lawmaker Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher wants to revamp SANDAG, the scandal-plagued union of local governments that manages problems like preparation and regional roads. She wishes to offer more power to huge cities like San Diego and Chula Vista by means of Assembly Bill 805 (which isn’t really connected to the highway, by the way).
In a pro-AB 805 commentary, Cori Schumacher, a member of the Carlsbad City Council, notes that the costs likewise empowers “regional transit companies in northern and southern San Diego County through new financing mechanisms.”
She writes that “SANDAG’s existing regime is digging in their heels here, not due to the fact that of governance concerns, but due to the fact that they simply can not see an economically protected future without cars and the sales tax income they produce.”
In a con column, Haney Hong and Cameron Gyorffy of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association compose that “there are alternative ways to make sure that SANDAG fixes its errors moving on that do not need to pass through the capitol.”
Meanwhile, in the U-T, Poway Mayor Steve Vaus and Coronado Councilwoman Carrie Downey write that “this need to terrify everyone– the exact same politicians in Sacramento accountable for California’s collapsing roads and fraying facilities wish to ‘fix'” SANDAG.
Politics Roundup: Hunter in Difficulty?
A Democratic challenger to Rep. Duncan Hunter (the more youthful) in his GOP fortress East County district raised more money than Hunter over the second quarter of the year. However the amount is little for a race that could cost millions if it ends up being competitive: Ammar Campa-Najjar raised $165,000.
A competitive race would be quite stunning. “Republicans account for almost 43 percent of registered citizens, while Democrats have 27 percent, and another 24 percent do not come from a political celebration,” the U-T reports.
– San Diego has actually authorized its very first cannabis store in a year, the city’s 16th. (U-T).
– A prospect for guv with no statewide name recognition will remain that method: David Hadley, a previous GOP assemblyman from Orange County, had actually signed up with a couple other semi-prominent Republican politicians however has actually bailed out because he doesn’t think he can win. (L.A. Times).
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– The Kept Faith sports podcast wonders if the Padres are doing too well for their own good in the most recent edition.
– Rolling Stone chronicles the rise of Comic-Con.
– More refugees come to our county than any other county in the state, even L.A. County, however the numbers are little. (CALMatters).
– ” An immigrant rights group in San Diego is partnering with pro bono attorneys to supply totally free legal suggestions for individuals who do not have legal U.S. migration status,” KPBS reports.
– Average house rents in the San Diego region have topped $2,000 a month, Times of S.D. reports, as job rates stay upward of 96 percent. There may be a small ray of wish for renters, says a specialist: “A warning sign may be in location, because job development has decreased in April and Might.”.
– A new research study suggests that marijuana stores don’t boost crime in their communities and may actually reduce them by making the streets around them more crowded and less friendly to criminals like intruders. (The Cannifornian).
– In the wake of the troubling viral video of a cops pet dog biting a suspect, the U-T looks into why San Diego polices do not buy their police pet dogs around with voice commands.
– The “land of fruits and nuts” now has 4 main state nuts– the almond, pecan, walnut and pistachio. But the L.A. Times states the nuts are in fact seeds. It likewise answers another concern: It appears nuts that there are 4 state nuts, so why is that?
– Parking is a common inconvenience in these parts. There’s insufficient of it, chauffeurs state. There’s too much of it, declare urbanists who want to motivate more transit use. And everyone’s miffed when many people call dibs on parking areas at the bay or beach with folding chairs, grills and traffic cones. (Next time I see this, I’m going to presume the chair or grill is deserted and take it home with me.).
Now, customers of the San Diego area of Reddit are agog over two posts that chronicle the best and the worst of local parking: Lots with huge spaces with a lot of space for hoggy gas-guzzlers and lots with tiny areas that require larger motorists (ahem) to acrobatically wiggle out of their seats when there’s a cars and truck in the next space.
Extremely helpful. Now to the big unanswered concern: Has a compact vehicle ever in the history of time parked in a “compact car” area? Perhaps you’ve seen this in the wild. Images or it didn’t occur.
Randy Dotinga is an independent factor to Voice of San Diego. He is likewise instant past president of the 1,200-member American Society of Reporters and Authors (asja.org). Please contact him directly at randydotinga@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga.
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Power Brokers, City Councilman Require Immediate Homelessness Solutions

After months of waiting on Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other city to leaders to make significant moves to assist San Diego’s surging homeless population, two power brokers are successfully calling their bluff.
They’ll supply large commercial camping tents to house the homeless, if city leaders provide the land and political will.
The mayor has repeatedly assured to quickly include numerous new shelter beds. That hasn’t occurred yet.
So Padres managing partner Peter Seidler and restauranteur Dan Shea, who have invested months going over shelter options with Faulconer and others, on Thursday announced benefactors are prepared to buy tents to temporarily house hundreds now sleeping on the street. The catch is that they’ll need a place to put them– and contracts with outside companies to operate them.
” We wish to get them up immediately,” Shea stated at a Thursday interview. “Exactly what we did is we presented a plan in the absence of any other plan for the short-term.”
They have actually devoted to purchasing multiple tents, which cost an approximated $800,000 each. They think the tents can act as a short-term haven for homeless people while the city develops the housing and other choices had to end their homelessness.

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City Councilman Chris Ward, who represents the downtown neighborhoods most impacted by homelessness, on Wednesday made some short-term proposals of his own. In a memo, he called for the city to go over whether Golden Hall or the former Chargers practice site could work as short-term housing options for homeless people. He’s likewise advocating a take a look at city-controlled car park to see if they might be safe sites for the homeless to park or remain without worry of cops enforcement, among other concepts.
” I want to do something now, and I imply it,” Ward stated.
Ward’s concepts are set to be discussed Monday at the homelessness select committee he leads.
Heated debates about all of the above are a provided. Supporters disagree on the best method to attend to the city’s tragic issue. Some keep that the focus needs to be connecting homeless people to permanent homes, the service that eventually resolves their homelessness, while others have stated more immediate aid is likewise needed. Then there are private neighborhoods’ issues about shelter places.
On the other hand, numerous homeless people have concerns with the shelter alternatives the city’s currently got, mentioning whatever from stress over the number of people packed into them to their inability to bring pets or partners in with them.
The short-term propositions speak to mounting frustration over San Diego’s growing homeless issue. Street homelessness has increased 31 percent in the city considering that 2014. Homeless encampments dominate some blocks downtown and are significantly appearing throughout the city– and Faulconer earlier this year promised swift help that hasn’t come yet.
The mayor has stated his group continues to work behind the scenes to look for hundreds of brand-new shelter beds, more storage for homeless individuals’s personal belongings and other assistance.
Faulconer stated last month he’s aiming to make sure both stakeholders and crucial details are lined up before he proceeds. He wants to make certain proposals can end up being reality.
But Seidler, Shea and Ward have actually chosen San Diego cannot manage to keep waiting.
” I believe the problem is growing to a level where it’s really clear to everybody San Diego residents that something actually impactful needs to be done,” said Seidler, who stated he also thinks the area needs to purchase long-term services.
A Faulconer spokesperson on Thursday said the mayor invited Seidler and Shea’s monetary commitments and kept in mind the difficulties his own efforts have faced.
” There is no ideal spot for homeless services and the city does not own any home that doesn’t come with severe challenges, whether they be logistical or monetary,” spokesperson Craig Gustafson composed in an email. “The mayor is dedicated to finding a site and city staff continues to follow the mayor’s instructions to identify an ideal location.”
Gustafson stated the mayor’s office also anticipated reviewing Ward’s propositions.
However Shea, Seidler and Ward are hoping for more than a conversation.
” It’s about doing something. We have actually got a great deal of information. We’ve got a great deal of various ideas and strategies,” Shea stated. “If we’re going to await everyone to obtain on board One Hundred Percent we’re not ever going to do anything so we’re trying to get rid of the obstacles to get down to the most common measure to quickly take people off (the street).”.
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Lisa writes about nonprofits and regional progress in addressing causes like homelessness and Balboa Park’s requirements. She welcomes story pointers and concerns. Contact her straight at lisa@vosd.org or 619.325.0528.

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Sacramento Report: The New Labor-Friendly Modifications to the SANDAG Bill

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher’s costs to reform the San Diego Association of Federal governments also now gives a boost to local labor unions.
The most current modifications to the bill make a major change: On any contract worth over $1 million, SANDAG and its subcontractors would need to work with a “competent and trained workforce,” requiring workers to have actually finished from a building and construction trades apprentice program.
However SANDAG is exempt from the requirement if it accepts a project labor arrangement, or a contract where a labor union ensures a building and construction project has all the workers it requires and in exchange the professionals hire workers through the union and pay into union advantage systems.
That provision joins a host of others in a bill that would remake the powerful regional planning agency. Others would change the ballot structure so cities representing a majority of the county’s population could overrule the rest of the board in a vote, develop a brand-new audit committee with an independent auditor and allow the Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District themselves to levy taxes, instead of depending on SANDAG for regional revenues.
Gonzalez Fletcher said she added the labor-related arrangement to deal with concerns that SANDAG would have a difficult time passing another tally step in the future after Procedure A stopped working in November.
” We went back and took a look at why Measure A stopped working, and one of the big issues was this hang-up on not having job quality language,” she said. “That’s why the International Brotherhood of Electric Employees and most of labor didn’t support Procedure A. It ended up being actually contentious, and offered how little it lost by, that was a real problem and one that doesn’t appear to be able to be exercised by the board.”

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She stated she lifted the particular language from last year’s AB 2551, a costs composed by a Republican politician.
” This isn’t really severe language, and it removes one little piece of the argument,” Gonzalez Fletcher said.
Empowering the county’s larger cities– especially the city of San Diego and Chula Vista– was seen as a way to press the board to the left in the first location, which would make it more likely to choose into job labor contracts by itself. Gonzalez Fletcher stated that might be real, but she ‘d rather require the change right away, instead of let the culture of the board change gradually.
Not everybody sees the modification as so uncontroversial.
Eddie Sprecco, CEO of San Diego’s chapter of the Associated General Specialists, composed a screed today versus AB 805, explaining it as the current installation of Gonzalez Fletcher bring water for local labor.
” IBEW is using the force of government to grow their share of work, considering that they can’t do it by themselves,” Sprecco wrote.
Gonzalez Fletcher though stated the bill just makes SANDAG more environmentally and union-friendly, addressing 2 of the interest groups that helped sink Step A (anti-tax conservatives did their share, too).
— Andrew Keatts
Chavez Crosses the Aisle on Cap-and-Trade
Today in the Legislature was all cap-and-trade, all the time.
Legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown successfully passed an extension to the state’s signature law to combat greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s a Sacramento Bee pointer of how it works:

Under California’s system, emissions are capped and polluters are required to obtain authorizations for the greenhouse gases they discharge. Though business can trade for more capacity through a state-run auction or on the personal market, the extra cost is intended to produce an incentive for them to decrease their carbon footprint.

The procedure needed a minimum of some GOP assistance to pass, and San Diego Assemblymen Rocky Chavez was one of a handful of Republicans who elected it.
In a declaration, Chavez stated the vote “permitted us to protect long-fought Republican success, including repealing the fire prevention fee and saving Californians over $16 billion in taxes and policies. This legislation saves tasks and it supports markets that provide those tasks.”
You’ll see that does not include recommendations to “climate” or “the environment”– certainly, as CALMatters notes, “despite the fact that a lot of Republican legislators opposed the costs to extend cap and trade, those who chose it argued that it was good for company.”
The other Republicans in San Diego’s legislative delegation all voted versus the measure.
Golden State News
– In the late 2000s and early 2010s, a string of Republican guvs took chance ats Gov. Jerry Brown. He’s outlived them all and is riding a wave of successes. (Sacramento Bee).
– When it comes to the leading contenders to change Brown, their adulterous affairs while in workplace might not come up much during the campaign. (Los Angeles Times).
– California officials are still fretted about the future of healthcare, despite the current failure of efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (San Francisco Chronicle).
– Since California admits non-citizens to the bar, some immigration attorneys are themselves at danger for deportation. (New York Times).
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VOSD Podcast: Inside Tijuana’s Taxi Showdown

Yellow cab drivers in Tijuana have actually historically been amongst the very first to greet individuals right as they walk cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
For decades, yellow taxis had very first dibs on tourists, and they had little in the way of competition. However the rise of ride-sharing business like Uber has actually interrupted the taxi industry there, and the yellow taxis aren’t delighted about it.
On this week’s podcast, Andrew Keatts and Kinsee Morlan take a seat with Derrik Chinn and Alejandro Torres from the trip company Turista Libre to talk about the Tijuana taxi cab turf war and how it connects to Tijuana politics.
Early this month, a video appeared that showed a flock of taxi driver bothering and perhaps physically assaulting a male for choosing to take an Uber rather of a taxi.
This sort of harassment has actually been happening for months, state Chinn and Torres, however the yellow cab company’s political power stopped city authorities from doing anything about it.
City leaders did finally action in when the video started getting great deals of views and promotion and removed the taxis from their spot at the border, but the circumstance is still far from settled.

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Torres stated when travelers have more alternatives, they often get to see a much better side of Tijuana, a city that’s long dealt with a credibility for being unclean and dangerous.
” For the longest time, the cab drivers in Tijuana were the original and very first wave tour guides, and I think in a lot of ways that has caused this misunderstanding of exactly what tourism in Tijuana is truly about,” Torres stated. “They’re taking you to average places … so naturally Tijuana has this image issue due to the fact that look who’s promoting it.”
Also on the podcast, Keatts talks with Montgomery Monica, a prospect for the San Diego City board’s District 4. They discuss her background as a criminal justice supporter and exactly what she hopes to achieve if she gets the job.
Hero of the Week
This week’s hero goes to San Diego County Board of Supervisors who decided to invest more than $1.1 million for body video cameras for San Diego County Constable’s officers.
Goat of the Week
Interim District Lawyer Summer Stephan gets the goat today. Recently, Stephan has actually aimed to distance herself from the role she played as a district attorney in the gruesome murder case of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe. Our very own Ashly McGlone spoke with crucial gamers in the event and found Stephan was no spectator.

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Morning Report: Summer season Stephan’s Genuine Function in the Crowe Case

Summer season Stephan, the veteran district attorney who was hand-picked to become the interim county district attorney, is a near shoo-in to win election next year. But there’s at least one significant challenge in her method: the moms and dads of a 12-year-old woman who was murdered in 1998 in Escondido.
The killing of Stephanie Crowe is one of the most baffling and infamous criminal offenses in San Diego County history. Crowe’s 14-year-old brother and 2 of his buddies were initially accused of her murder, however the case versus them was ultimately dropped. A homeless guy was then accused and founded guilty of voluntary manslaughter, but the case was reversed and a jury found him not guilty. 2 of the accused boys, now males in their 30s, were ultimately declared factually innocent, and all three of their families won millions in settlement loan.
Probably, the killer of Stephanie Crowe is alive and free. And, as our Ashly McGlone composes, “the interrogations and prosecution of the three teens became a design failure of national significance.”
Stephan played an important function in the Crowe case, however she has distanced herself from it and her function in owning the case. Before the County Board of Supervisors designated her as interim district lawyer, Crowe’s moms and dads released a blistering 22-page letter of allegations versus her. Their voices could grow in influence as the 2018 DA election approaches. San Diego has a history of DA challengers successfully using their competitors’ failures versus them at the ballot box, and Stephan’s opponents could ask the Crowes to speak out in TV commercials.
For a new VOSD special report, McGlone talked to former judges and Stephan’s former boss and reviewed news stories and court records from almost twenty years ago to identify what Stephan’s role truly was.
” If Stephan had misgivings about prosecuting Michael Crowe and his 2 buddies for the murder of Crowe’s little sibling in 1998, she didn’t reveal it,” McGlone reports. A now-retired judge who examined bail for the 3 young suspects stated it was ” chicken” of Stephan to distance herself from the case.

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Stephan informs VOSD that she is sorry for not being able to get justice for the Crowe family.
Our New Podcast: ‘I Made It in San Diego’
In a brand-new VOSD podcast called “I Made It in San Diego,” VOSD staffers will take turns brightening the stories of the area’s organisations and entrepreneurs.
First up: Kinsee Morlan features Greg and Janet Deering, who make more banjos than any other instrument-maker on the planet. Listen in to find out the crucial function played by “The Cost Is Right” in helping business take off.
Rep. Hunter’s Huge Legal Spending
Embattled regional Rep. Duncan Hunter (the younger) is facing examinations into how campaign funds ended up being invested in video games, a garage door, tuition and, as the U-T puts it, “undefined items at a Coronado browse store.” Now, the paper reports that Hunter’s “newest project reports show he invested $153,000 on lawyer’s costs and sustained another $114,000 in debt to law firms from April to June. That compares with $80,000 in legal costs for the previous 10 months.”
Hunter has denied criminal misdeed. His project fund still had plenty of loan as of June 30.
Politics Roundup: Ward Wants Immediate Action on Homeless
Councilman Chris Ward desires the city to take instant actions to combat the city’s grimly visible and tragic homeless issue: He wishes to utilize downtown’s Golden Hall and other areas for “bridge” real estate and he wants the city to survey city-controlled lots to see if they could act as locations where the homeless can set up camp without worry of arrest or citations. Some of the services being drifted could also turn up in prospective settlement talks connected to a brand-new claim submitted against the city on behalf of the homeless.
– A judge is targeting San Diego’s crackdown on “mini-dorms” around SDSU. (U-T).
– The city of San Diego could get a federal loan of almost half a billion dollars to support its water recycling program. (U-T).
– ” San Diego may soon become the biggest city in the country to pass a law requiring city contractors and specialists to pay staff members similarly no matter gender or ethnicity,” the U-T reports, joining the similarity San Francisco and San Jose.
The City Council will soon consider an equivalent pay law showing those that are already in location on the state and federal levels. Councilman Chris Ward said he desires the city to take its own stand and sock violators with fines, although he might permit exceptions for smaller organisations.
– An activist who’s “unsuccessfully sued states for the right to wed a laptop computer” has stated that homosexuality is a religious beliefs, and he’s taking legal action against 3 members of Congress, consisting of local Rep. Susan Davis, for displaying gay pride flags outside their workplaces in Washington D.C. He desires $1 in damages, which is $1 more than he’ll get.
Insert Zinger Here: The Mayor’s Speech.
It’s been a custom for the mayor to give a speech prior to the Downtown San Diego Partnership and roast fellow political leaders and other local power gamers. We have actually even gotten buffooned ourselves in a minute that we grimly relive on cold winter season nights. But we digress.
CityBeat writer John R. Lamb got a belated copy of this year’s speech, written by mayoral staffer Matt Awbrey, and it had some amusing minutes, including this zinger directed at County Supervisor Ron Roberts’ wacky gondola proposition: “Riding a sluggish pail swinging 40 feet above ground from Seaport Village to Objective Valley– who does not want to do that?” And Mayor Kevin Faulconer took goal at County Manager Kristin Gaspar, who voted versus raising her own wage however will get the raise however: “She resembles the individual at dinner who says, ‘I don’t desire any dessert, however you understand … if the remainder of the table orders it … I’ll take a little bite.'”.
And there’s this that warms the cockles of our negative, shriveled reporter hearts: “No alternative realities– unless you operate at SANDAG.”.
North County Times: More Real estate Drama in Encinitas.
This week’s VOSD North County Report leads off with news about more wrangling over economical housing in the very-unaffordable Encinitas, which has had a difficult time meeting state law requiring cities to prepare for new houses.
A tenant supporter was blunt with Coast News: “Encinitas conceals under a guise of protecting neighborhood character and the environment, however the city’s genuine goal is evident: stay out the working class individuals of color.”.
Likewise: Bumpy rides and dead horses at the Del Mar Races, brand-new Council districts in Carlsbad could pit legislators versus each other and a huge campaign windfall for one of Rep. Darrell Issa’s oppositions.
Quick News Hits: A Lannister Always Pays … His Bar Tab.
– Carmageddon is pertaining to the border in September. (LA Times).
– Pardon me, do you speak Surfer? The Reader spoke with a young surfer and got this quote: “I normally go to OB, however it’s primarily right-hand waves so I visit Pacific Beach since it has waves for both right and left hands. I’m goofy, but I’m getting better with my right side.”.
– The L.A. Times takes a substantial and expressive appearance inside the convention center’s Hall H, “the most essential room in Hollywood”: “Fragrant top notes of hotdogs and cooling nachos waft through the air, joining the distinct bouquet of 6,500 amped-up human bodies. Lots of have given up showers and sleep to camp out overnight in the damp summer season heat for the opportunity to be here, to cram themselves, elbow to elbow, into one of the apparently limitless rows of unforgiving collapsible chairs. Every year, this is the scene that plays out inside this contemporary geek cathedral …”.
– Local restaurants and bars are presenting the food and drink carts for Comic-Con attendees this weekend, NBC 7 reports.
Taco meals are named El Heroé, The Villain and The Femme Fatale, and there’s a Drax the Destroyer burger. And a fish joint will offer chopsticks that look like light sabers, in case you wish to battle with your supper buddy over the meal.
And, of course, there are adult beverages for the comic nerds over 21. In order of how cool they sound, here are a few of the offerings: The Hulk, the Deadpool Bloody Mary, the Pop Bam Slam Mule, the Child of Zeus, Commissioner Gordon and the White Walker (” white rum combined with coconut rum, shaken with pineapple juice, Tuaca and blue Curacao”).
There’s also a beverage called the Invisible Jet. Hmm. The other drinks sound fine, but this one … I just can’t see it.
Correction: An earlier variation of this story misidentified the original charge for which a homeless guy was convicted in the Stephanie Crowe case, before the conviction was overturned.
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Turmoil and Confusion Pervade Homeless Camps Downtown

When 22-year-old Alexis Leftridge became homeless in downtown San Diego, she was thrust into a continuous battle.
Police pointed out or jailed Leftridge, a mom of a 3-month-old son, on a minimum of 15 separate events over the past 2 years.
Her criminal activities? Usually, blocking the pathway with the camping tent she established in East Town. Numerous citations and three prison remains later, Leftridge has faced warrants and orders barring her from the downtown obstructs that are home to a cluster of homeless company. Among those nonprofits is now trying to help Leftridge and her boy discover a permanent house.
” They’re investing cash on putting us in prison instead of investing cash on putting us into programs or housing that will help us leave the street,” stated Leftridge, who spent several nights in jail while she was pregnant. She considered her time there less disorderly than her experience on 16th Street.
Cops citations and interactions have particularly soared in downtown San Diego, where a service group’s newest count tallied more than 1,200 living on the streets in those neighborhoods alone.
There, chaos and confusion are palpable. Homeless individuals pack some downtown obstructs with their camping tents, tarps and shopping carts. In many cases, their camps even extend onto the street. By day, lots of leave their possessions on the sidewalk and go to parks, the library or in other places. Other blocks are primarily inactive.

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In some areas, security guards are a near-constant existence. Police officers come down when there are complaints or confrontations, learning more about the homeless people they engage with day-to-day.
Yet homeless individuals and those who promote for them describe frequently conflicting messages about what’s allowed.
Exactly what’s acceptable one day may not be the next. And some homeless individuals appear to bring in more attention from cops and security groups than others for reasons that aren’t constantly clear to them.
When cops ask homeless people to move along, homeless people often ask officers where they can go instead. There’s seldom an easy response.
” There’s truly nowhere else for us to go,” said John Brady, a homeless supporter who till just recently survived on downtown streets. Brady, a member of the Voices of Our City Choir, was one of a lots homeless individuals mentioned for infringement outside an East Town church last December.
Homeless San Diegans and the authorities who patrol their makeshift settlements are at the frontline of a local battle versus rising homelessness. An increase of new residents and condo owners in East Village are significantly communicating with homeless individuals and encouraging the increased authorities fights. Services and the groups who represent them are contacting grievances, too.
The day-to-day clashes have actually spurred a class action contacting the city to stop using a city code suggested to assist clear particles from walkways as a means to ticket homeless individuals who’ve set down their personal belongings.
Attorneys Scott Dreher and Kath Rogers allege the city’s present approach breaches homeless San Diegans’ civil and constitutional rights and complicates their lives rather than assisting them get off the street.
The city attorney’s office stated Monday it would review the claim and consult city authorities.

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Alexis Leftridge received numerous encroachment citations while residing on the street in East Village, and is now sticking with her three-month-old Jaiden at Dad Joe’s Villages.

Leftridge is among the plaintiffs in the suit– and in some ways, she is among the lucky ones. She’s secured transitional real estate at Daddy Joe’s Villages. Yet her brand-new house sits within the location she’s been purchased to keep away from– she still fears cops may prison her if she’s spotted walking near the St. Vincent de Paul campus. She likewise worries about her fiancé, who stays on the street with at least one stay-away order of his own.
Her issues aren’t unusual. As the homeless population has actually grown, so too have citations against them, and those can cause stay-away orders that limit where they can go.
Citations and arrests for advancement and illegal accommodations, two infractions typically leveled versus San Diego’s homeless, are up 53 percent for the very first five months of 2017, compared to the exact same duration the previous year, according to authorities data gotten through a California Public Records Act request. The Superior Court does not put together statistics on stay-away orders, making it hard to track how common they are. Stay-away orders are generally used to homeless individuals in lieu of prison time or formal charges, or as part of a probation agreement after a person’s convicted.
Infringement is a tool to address trash in public spaces. But the city has actually increasingly utilized it to interfere with homeless encampments. Unlawful accommodations, a charge wielded less frequently following a 2007 court settlement, features a greater bar that needs showing somebody has settled someplace without permission.
Authorities data reveals advancement citations, in particular, have increased drastically the past five years.

Advancement citations, which are more typical than arrests, usually come with a ticket and a court date at a traffic court in Kearny Mesa. Getting to Kearny Mesa from downtown needs spending almost an hour on multiple buses. That’s one reason numerous homeless individuals who get citations wind up missing their court dates, resulting in warrants or additional fines.
Assistant Cops Chief Chuck Kaye and other police supervisors have said police offer assistance and services to homeless homeowners before providing those citations, which they tend to pursue encroachment citations– which can be prosecuted like traffic tickets– because they come with lower punishment and fines.
They also state they’re straining to balance concerns for the growing homeless population with problems from locals and company owner in areas loaded with homeless camps.
And they say most enforcement is a result of complaints from homeowners.
” Permitting (homeless individuals) to simply completely established a living space, a camp, a camping tent– it develops ecological along with health issues for the neighborhood,” Kaye stated. “We work really hard to make sure that we do progressive enforcement which individuals are given plenty of chances to understand the guidelines.”
Homeless San Diegans, on the other hand, describe turmoil and confusion about where they can go amidst the continuously shifting guidelines that follow problems.
Kaye stated the department’s just recently strengthened its attempts to obtain homeless folks assist by partnering with nonprofits on outreach efforts and with the city lawyer’s workplace on a new program to offer transitional real estate to repeat culprits who typically struggle with homelessness.
More recently, Kaye said, Homeless Outreach Team members have actually worked overtime on weekends.
The problem is that homeless people often discover the shelter programs and other alternatives authorities offer to be lacking. They fear they’ll lose some of their personal belongings, or worry about the rules and truths of life in a packed shelter, among other issues.
In 2015, cops report just 14 percent of homeless San Diegans who connected with the Homeless Outreach Team were placed into shelter or treatment– which was an enhancement over the previous year.
Leftridge, who was pregnant during several interactions she had with the cops, said she had actually been reluctant to go into shelter during the time she received a lot of her citations. She had actually found some comfort with her fiancé and the family she’s discovered on the street and wanted to ensure she remained in a shelter around the time of her kid’s birth.
Kaye and Brian Marvel, president of the San Diego Cops Officers Association, stated policeman are reminded daily that more resources and alternatives are had to fulfill the homeless population’s needs.
Marvel stated officers can feel burdened a problem that requires far more than police can supply. He stated enforcement is a required tool to attend to security concerns or push homeless individuals who are unruly or committing crimes to change their behavior, however he wants officers had more assist to release.
” We’re stuck in a position where we either have to take enforcement action or we get voluntary compliance from the individual,” Marvel stated. “However then are we really solving the issue or are we moving it to another location?”
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AB 805 Doesn’t Fix Exactly what’s Broken at SANDAG

By Haney Hong and Cameron Gyorffy|2 hours back
Leading up to last November’s election, SANDAG informed citizens Procedure A would raise $18 billion over 40 years through a sales tax increase, and the cash would be used for transport jobs around San Diego. Before the vote, Voice of San Diego exposed the proposed tax would have really just raised simply $14 billion. After Step A stopped working, it was discovered some SANDAG authorities understood about the error ahead of time.
Some San Diegans were entrusted a bitter taste in their mouths and a desire for responsibility and transparency. As the dust settles, efforts have moved towards avoiding similar issues in the future and identifying exactly what reforms need to be made to SANDAG, the regional association responsible for transport preparation and expenditures, to make it a more transparent and effective organization.
One proposed service is available in the form of Assembly Bill 805. Supporters of this costs adamantly declare it will enhance regional planning and additional hold SANDAG responsible. The fundamental facility of this expense, however, seems to run counter to that goal. AB 805 forgets that the secret to good governance is interacting successfully with taxpayers.
While there are warranted issues that small cities could take over the program and large cities might do what they desire without buy-in across the region, the greatest failure of AB 805 is its failure to address the source of last November’s accident.
Within the company, SANDAG deals with important interaction concerns. SANDAG needs to offer its members with concise and appropriate reporting on tasks and proposals that will impact their constituents. This procedure is presently impeded by the large volume of details SANDAG releases. Simplifying the reporting procedure and establishing better treatments to communicate essential updates and analysis back to constituents will play a vital function in improving planning efforts and holding local authorities responsible. AB 805 currently lacks a coherent approach to this element of the issue.
This is not to say that the bill is a complete failure– it includes arrangements for an oversight committee and for addressing environmental goals. Understanding that those concerns can be dealt with locally, however, we watch out for services bied far from Sacramento.

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There are alternative methods to ensure that SANDAG remedies its mistakes progressing that don’t need to pass through the capitol. Here is a list of 6 recommendations, launched by the Taxpayers Association, that SANDAG could utilize to enhance openness and efficacy.
The governance structure of SANDAG itself is not flawed. The majority of concerns come from the lack of easy and deliberate discussion in between members of SANDAG and our elected leaders who are responsible for providing instructions to their representatives at SANDAG, staying up to date with the work SANDAG is performing in their backyards and reporting back to constituents.
Before we rush to change regional decision-making procedures through brand-new legislation at the state level, we have to hold our elected leaders liable to do the work we chose them to do: interact efficiently with taxpayers, work together at the SANDAG table and lead.
Without this course correction, no quantity of legislation from Sacramento would avoid issues just like those that surfaced during the campaign for Measure A from reoccurring at SANDAG.
Haney Hong is president and CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. Cameron Gyorffy is a policy expert for the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.
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AB 805 Open New Opportunities for San Diego’s Other Transit Agencies

By Cori Schumacher|2 hours back
Why is SANDAG so deeply purchased preventing Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher’s AB 805, a reform bill that would increase oversight, transparency and responsibility, while also empowering local transit companies in northern and southern San Diego County through new funding mechanisms?
SANDAG’s existing regime is digging in their heels here, not since of governance concerns, however due to the fact that they simply can not see a financially protected future without vehicles and the sales tax revenue they produce.
As a dissenting councilwoman from among those small cities that believed we would be disenfranchised by the expense’s proposed governance structure, I have a very various viewpoint of the advantages and opportunities associated with the AB 805’s proposed reforms, particularly for taxpayer security and the reasonably inadequately moneyed public transit company, the North County Transit District.
The state of California is invested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as evidenced by state laws like AB 32 and SB 375. SB 375, signed into law in 2008, makes it clear that the biggest single source of greenhouse gases in California is the transportation sector, particularly, automobiles and little trucks.
SANDAG’s prevailing approach has actually been to focus on freeway expansion over public transit. In reality, freeway expansion versus public transit was the main grievance people had about SANDAG’s Measure A, last year’s failed proposed tax boost to spend for transportation jobs. San Diego labor groups, the Republican politician Party, the Democratic Party, ecological groups and transport justice activists lined up opposed Measure A.
Freeway growths increase the quantity of vehicles on our roadways, leading inevitably to more greenhouse gas emissions, a truth that might represent the latest iteration of SANDAG’s local transport plan forecasts for greenhouse gases increasing instead of decreasing.

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SANDAG required lawsuits that tried to address this issue to the California Supreme Court when it appealed a Court of Appeal ruling that stated there were significant shortages in the environmental impact report for SANDAG’s local transport plan. The Supreme Court ruled narrowly in SANDAG’s favor recently, however by decreasing to take up the majority of the lower court’s judgment and leaving those pieces in place, the court explained there stay significant, straight-out impacts in SANDAG’s local transport plan.
In other words, SANDAG has a half-baked environmental impact report for a regional transport strategy spanning three years that actively patterns in the opposite direction of statewide greenhouse gas reduction objectives.
As noted in the Supreme Court judgment, the attorney general mentioned that SANDAG’s environmental analysis “downplays and obscures the level to which the [regional transport] plan’s emission impacts run counter to the state’s climate change goals.”
Paired with the current scandals Voice of San Diego has actually exposed, it is little wonder that calls for reform are getting traction.
AB 805, among other things, would empower San Diego’s two main public transit agencies to impose their own taxes and acquire bonding authority where they have actually needed to generally rely on funds allocated through SANDAG. For the North County Transit District, this would lead to successfully reinforcing public transit in North County. This reality is passed over quickly in the main argument forwarded by those opposed to AB 805, which has actually concentrated on the bill’s proposed governance structure, stating it will cause the tyranny of the bulk.
North County has actually had problem with inadequate public transit for several years, a truth I have actually experienced personally and frequently as a public transit user. This is not since of a lack of need, however lack of political will. The problem exists with the elected officials on the North County Transit District board who are not themselves invested in improving public transit. This has actually ultimately led to an extended duration of limited financing from SANDAG.
A dearth of public transit financing lowers the quality and accessibility of public transit, which efficiently keeps cars on the road and gas demand up.
Keeping cars on ever-expanding roads is really a rewarding possibility for some cities.
National City, for instance, is the “Car Capitol of San Diego” with its Mile of Cars, which has actually been the No. 1 source of sales tax income for years. Carlsbad, which has its own Mile of Cars, likewise supplies the city with its No. 1 source of sales tax earnings, above property taxes and short-term tenancy taxes. In 2017, El Cajon included its 12th auto dealership and a leader there stated that it “wishes to be the driving force in vehicle sales in San Diego County.” Poway saw its auto market relocation from No. 3 sales tax profits source in the first quarter of 2011 to No. 1 in 2016.
AB 805 would accomplish the needed reform required at SANDAG to protect taxpayers and to open up San Diego’s future to a less car-centric, cleaner and more efficient local transport system focused on transport justice. A future like that is a threatening risk to city agents who are beholden to the profits generated by automobiles. This is why the AB 805 motion needs your assistance. Let your elected representatives understand that you support SANDAG reform through AB 805.
Cori Schumacher belongs to the Carlsbad City Council.
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When it Pertains to Gifted Programs, the GATE Doesn’t Open as Commonly for Minority Students

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A reader e-mailed me a few weeks ago with a concern about gifted programs.
He started with a story about a coworker, whose daughter remained in grade school in Poway Unified School District. The kid had evaluated simply listed below the threshold to qualify for the Gifted and Talented Education program, or GATE. The parent advocated on behalf of the child and managed to persuade the school to put her in the program.
” The fact that he’s white and informed plays a role here, I believe, due to the fact that he was able to get his school to reclassify her regardless of simply missing out on the threshold,” the reader, Oscar Ramos, wrote. “I do not think lots of immigrant families would be able to challenge their schools in a comparable manner. So I’m wondering how GATE category and racial/ethnic/economic segregation collaborate. My assumption is that the GATE program filters out great deals of poorer kids of color and I’m wondering if that’s true.”.
His presumption is area on.

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” I think talented programs are a few of the most racist, elitist, classist and inequitable programs in the nation,” said Donna Ford, a teacher at Vanderbilt University who has actually been studying the underrepresentation of low-income trainees and black and Latino students in talented programs across the country for almost 4 decades.
A Vanderbilt University research study in 2015 looked at data from more than 10,000 students from throughout the United States and discovered that black students are 66 percent less likely than white trainees to be appointed to gifted programs, and Latino students are 47 percent less likely. It’s not the very first study to discover that these programs perpetuate the accomplishment space.
That exact same gap exists locally, too.
In 2016-2017, although Latinos make up more than 44 percent of the total enrollment at San Diego Unified, they made up only 33 percent of the GATE program. For black students, the disproportionality is even worse, with an 8 percent overall enrollment rate, however only a 3 percent enrollment in the GATE program.

You can look up other districts’ data on talented program enrollment at the Department of Education’s Office of Civil liberty website.
” The short variation of it is if black and Hispanic trainees are not identified as gifted– especially early on– many of their presents and skills atrophy,” said Ford. “It’s that notion that if you do not use it, you lose it.”.
When kids don’t get the obstacle they require, they can frequently wind up underachieving or acting out due to the fact that they are tired, she stated.
” That’s a No. 1 reasoning for a gifted education: Gifted students need to be challenged and engaged, like all other students.” Ford stated. “Here’s why white trainees are continuing and you’re either standing still or falling back, so that achievement gap broadens in extremely considerable methods. It’s not simply an achievement gap, however it’s underachievement. Black and Hispanic trainees do not have the chance to reach their potential when they’re not determined as gifted.”.
The space persists for a few factors.
Trainees receive talented programs in different ways. Some districts base them entirely on teacher recommendations. Others do universal screening, which suggests every kid is evaluated in some way to determine whether they are talented.
The most significant reason for the inconsistency is that white instructors are less likely to refer black and Latino trainees, stated Ford. Ford stated this is true even when black and Latino students score equally to their white and Asian peers on tests.
The Vanderbilt research study discovered that amongst grade school trainees with high standardized test ratings, black trainees were about half as likely as their white peers to be appointed to gifted programs in mathematics and reading. When black trainees are taught by a black teacher, however, the racial space in talented project mainly vanished.
” It’s racial bias,” Ford stated. “They are profiling gifted trainees without viewing culture.”.
The problem is that while almost half of trainees registered in public schools in the United States are people of color, instructors of color make up just 18 percent of the instructor labor force nationwide, according to a 2016 U.S. Department of Education report.
In general, there are also schools with high varieties of low-income students and trainees of color whose parents may be less familiar with the programs, the advantages they use and the best ways to get their child into one. And definitely, as the reader who sent me this question pointed out, it’s more difficult for an immigrant moms and dad who may not speak English to advocate on behalf of their child.
San Diego Unified uses GATE programs in around 40 schools in the district, however students districtwide are evaluated in 2nd and 3rd grade regardless of whether their school has the program. Students new to the district can be checked till 5th grade and some students can get approved for a re-test in fifth grade if they didn’t qualify in earlier tests. If a trainee gets approved for the talented program, she or he can opt to switch schools to participate, stated Jim Solo, executive director of knowing and leadership at San Diego Unified.
Parents have to determine and fund their kid’s transport to the other school, though. And kids will frequently decide to remain in their home school if remaining in the talented programs indicates switching schools, Solo stated.
Ford said there are numerous ways to address this gap. The very first is less reliance on teacher referrals and lists to obtain trainees into the programs.
The 2nd is to utilize non-verbal tests that will decrease the influence of culture so trainees from immigrant households or those who matured in communities with different norms and methods of using language will not instantly be at a downside. Talented assessments must likewise constantly be given up a trainee’s main language, Ford stated.
At SDUSD, the 2nd grade test needs no reading at all, Solo said in an email. A proctor guides trainees through three subtests, which are made up of all photos. For the 3rd to 5th grade screening, students are either proctored or use headsets and deal with their own.
” There might be single words that they check out, nevertheless, there is absolutely nothing more involved,” Solo stated.
He stated the district does not supply translation services for the screening because so little language is involved.
Ford likewise suggested requiring a minimum portion of all students at every school to be positioned in a talented program, so even if the top 10 percent at one school isn’t really testing as high as a district average, those students can still be challenged.
” It is inequitable to compare children whose moms and dads are on public help, who don’t have particular credentials, with kids whose moms and dads are teachers,” Ford said. “Your POSTAL CODE should not figure out whether you’re talented or not. But today, we can currently predict who is going to be determined as gifted. The education opportunities go to those who already have all the privileges.”.
Lastly, Ford stated, there ought to be aggressive outreach from districts to black and Latino households, so they know the advantages of a talented program and the best ways to access it. And schools should particularly deal with underrepresented student groups in gifted programs on things like test-taking skills, she said.
Solo said the district is trying to increase the involvement of underrepresented groups in its talented programs.
” Our objective is to make sure equity with all our learners,” he said.
He stated the district recently broadened eviction program to a couple of more schools in southeastern San Diego.
Last year, the district likewise began using something called “factors,” where points are added to trainees’ evaluations if they fall under one of the following groups: English-learner, unique education, complimentary and lowered lunch and moving (meaning a student attended three or more schools went to since he or she began school).
Regional Ed News.
– Last Friday, a judge sided with the College Board in its dispute with Scripps Ranch High, indicating hundreds of Scripps Cattle ranch students will need to retake their invalidated Advanced Positioning examinations. (KPBS).
– The San Diego County Office of Education spent $70,000 on a forensic audit into the supposed self-dealing of previous Superintendent Randy Ward, however the Union-Tribune reports that the workplace will not share exactly what the audit discovered.
– The Union-Tribune took a look at the Encuentras Teacher Academy in San Marcos, which is aiming to get more Latinos interested in mentor.
– Sweetwater’s superintendent, Karen Janney, got a raise and an agreement extension at a board conference today in which school board members and speakers applauded her for helping the district move on from its sullied past, the Union-Tribune reported. If you have not yet paid attention to Ashly McGlone’s podcast on the Sweetwater scandal, you should.
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– NPR surveyed more than 2,000 teachers about their trainee depth. Here’s what it learned.
– Due to all the talk of school choice coupons from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Washington Post had a look at how the existing voucher program has played out in Washington D.C.
– In a brand-new report, the nonprofit Alliance for Excellent Education highlighted “school interventions that work” to improve low-performing schools.
– There’s been a great deal of talk at the federal level about Every Trainee Succeeds, the significant federal policy governing K-12 public education, whose predecessor was No Child Left Behind. The Federal government Responsibility Workplace provided a report about the modifications being made to the policy by the Department of Education under the brand-new administration.
– California has to submit a plan to the federal government that lays out how it will comply with Every Student Succeeds, but groups at the state level are still working out some arguments. (EdSource).
– On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee declined Democrats’ efforts to bring back more than $2 billion in teacher training grants as part of legislation that cuts Education Department funding.

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