Thursday, March 25, 2010

IN THE NEWS: 'State of the District' Faces Challenges in 2010


San Diego Unified faces challenges in the coming year, but a united community will be able to create change for the better in student achievement and reviving California’s historic leadership in education, San Diego Unified Board President Richard Barrera said Wednesday night.
Barrera, delivering the annual State of the District address, told an audience of nearly 500 at Cherokee Point Elementary School -- including Mayor Jerry Sanders -- that participation by all in the community is necessary to continue the excellent progress made in student achievement while funding has decreased.
“Our vision embraces what our school communities have understood for years, that a student’s education must involve more than drilling for standardized tests,” he said.
Delivering his first address as Board president, Barrera reminded the audience that education is an investment by taxpayers in the future of their communities.
“I believe that if we have a loud, persistent and UNIFIED voice,” he said, “we can be heard in Sacramento and we can begin to turn around this budget and prevent the train wreck we are facing in public education.”
Despite budget issues, Barrera said the district will continue its commitment to support innovative and imaginative programs, such as bi-literacy, world languages, the arts, student and teacher internships, unique magnet schools and traditional neighborhood campuses.
“To create great schools -- blue ribbon schools -- in San Diego, we need to honor the investment made by past generations of Californians,” he said, “and once again fight for the resources that will allow our kids to do great things in this world.