Tuesday, April 17, 2012

NEWS RELEASE -- School Board President Gives Progress Report to City Council Committee

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, April 17, 2012


SAN DIEGO -- For the first time in recent history, a San Diego Board of
Education President will present an update on the city's schools to the
San Diego City Council this Wednesday when Board of Education President
Dr. John Lee Evans is scheduled to visit the City Council Rules Committee.

The San Diego City Council Rules, Open Government and Intergovernment
Relations Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Council
Committee Room, 12th Floor, City Administration Building, 202 C Street,
and is scheduled to hear a report from Dr. Evans about the district's
Vision 2020, community based school reform plan and budget challenges.

"Our goal is to educate council members with a more detailed overview
about the progress being made in our schools and the serious budget
challenges we are facing," said Dr. Evans. "We welcome support for public
education from all segments of the community including city government."

Evans and Young have also discussed the possibility of having a full joint
meeting of the City Council and Board of Education this fall to explore
ways in which the city can be more supportive of the district¹s mission to
provide a quality education to all San Diego children.

"This is the start of an important discussion between the City Council and
Board of Education on ways we can strengthen our ties, further
partnerships and work together toward a better educated San Diego," said
San Diego City Council President Tony Young.

Evans will share with the Council Members the district's academic focus
and goals through the Vision 2020 plan. These include efforts to boost
student achievement, narrow the achievement gap between ethnic groups,
improve attendance, implement University of California A-G classes for all
students, and ensure there is a quality school in every neighborhood. The
San Diego Unified School District is one of the top large school districts
in the nation, with 104 of its 185 schools having API scores above the
state target of 800, the second lowest dropout rate and steadily rising
test scores, despite five years of severe budget cuts.

Wednesday's meeting is open to the public. It will be televised on the
city's cable channel and streamed live at http://www.sandiego.gov/citytv/.

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CONTACT: Bernie Rhinerson, Chief of Staff, (619) 725-5567

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