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A podcast about education. Every episode, Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis and Will Huntsberry bring you a new story about schools and the system that makes them work (or not). This season, we’ll have stories about a scam that cost California millions of dollars, what happens when a school stops feeling safe and the future of early education. Subscribe now to get every episode. We’re back from summer vacation Sept. 25th.

A podcast about education. Every episode, Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis and Will Huntsberry bring you a new story about schools and the system that makes them work (or not). This season, we’ll have stories about a scam that cost California millions of dollars, what happens when a school stops feeling safe and the future of early education. Subscribe now to get every episode. We’re back from summer vacation Sept. 25th.

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United States

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A podcast about education. Every episode, Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis and Will Huntsberry bring you a new story about schools and the system that makes them work (or not). This season, we’ll have stories about a scam that cost California millions of dollars, what happens when a school stops feeling safe and the future of early education. Subscribe now to get every episode. We’re back from summer vacation Sept. 25th.

Language:

English

Contact:

619-325-0525


Episodes

S2 Ep 7 - Breaking Down Barriers for Homeless Youth

1/10/2020
The San Ysidro School District in Southern California has reported as much as one-third of its students are homeless — the highest concentration in its region. In 2019, the district kicked a homeless student out of school over a paperwork issue. Voice of San Diego reporter Lisa Halverstadt got a tip and followed the story. This is our last episode of the season! Thanks for listening. You can keep up with other Voice of San Diego podcasts at vosd.org/pod Follow us on your favorite social...

Duration:00:29:57

S2 Ep 6 - School Safety in the Age of Gun Violence

12/12/2019
The mindset around school shootings is changing. They were once so horrific to comprehend that they seemed like freak occurrences – not events that would happen regularly. In this new normal, schools and students must ask difficult questions: Not if a next school shooting will occur, but when and where. This week, we hear from students, a parent and a VOSD reporter on how things are changing in the age of gun violence, what's working in local schools — and what's not. vosd.org/learningcurve...

Duration:00:28:09

Teaser - In the Age of Gun Violence

12/6/2019
We're working on our next episode about school safety in the age of gun violence. It'll drop next week and you still have a chance to help us make it. If you have experienced a shooting incident, taken part in a school shooter drill, or have a related story to share, here's how you can do that: Email producer Nate John at nate@vosd.org Leave a voicemail at our podcast line, 619-354-1085 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:01:58

S2 Ep 5 - How To Choose A School in 10 Days

11/21/2019
One parent found out that she could choose a different school for her child just two weeks before the deadline. This week, we hear how she scrambled to make the best decision for her family in time. You can follow all of our school stories at vosd.org/learningcurve. Talk to us onTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:21:24

S2 Ep 4 - A Charter School Empire

11/7/2019
We break down the story behind an alleged charter scam that cost California $80 million. In this episode of Good Schools for All, Will Huntsberry sits down with host Scott Lewis to unveil the culture and mechanics behind A3 Education. You can follow all of our school stories at vosd.org/learningcurve. Talk to us onTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:26:26

S2 Ep 3 - How Predatory Teachers Stay in the Classroom

10/24/2019
Voice of San Diego has been investigating sexual misconduct in schools for two years now. It all started with one teacher at one school in La Jolla. Kayla Jimenez and Ashly McGlone, who've been reporting the series, sit down with Will Huntsberry to talk about the case that kicked things off. You can follow all of our school stories at vosd.org/learningcurve. Talk to us onTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:26:27

S2 Ep 2 - Universal Pre-K Is Still Far From a Reality

10/9/2019
Pre-K is more important than ever. But access to it remains elusive for many parents. In this episode, Will Huntsberry visits a preschool and its parent organization to try to get some answers about the future of universal pre-K. You can follow all of our school stories at vosd.org/learningcurve. Talk to us onTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:23:23

S2 Ep 1 - The Problems Plaguing Porter

9/25/2019
This year, Will Huntsberry revealed some serious problems plaguing an elementary school in San Diego's South Bay. We take a close look at the school after it was put on a list of California's lowest-performing schools. You can follow all of our school stories at vosd.org/learningcurve. Talk to us onTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:29:01

Season 2 Trailer

9/17/2019
We're back! In this new season of Good Schools For All, Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis and Will Huntsberry dig in to the biggest stories our team has uncovered in the last year. Plus, we're accepting your ideas for new episodes. Tell us your story — or what you want to hear — at vosd.org/goodschools New episodes start Sept. 25. Subscribe now. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:01:41

A Back-to-School Crash Course

9/13/2018
Schools are back in session. Good Schools for All hosts Scott Lewis and Laura Kohn introduce Voice of San Diego’s new education reporter Will Huntsberry, and the trio unpacks the latest education news you might have missed over summer break. Huntsberry discusses the misuse of Associated Student Body funds in San Diego Unified schools, new developments in the district’s 2016 graduation rate controversy and offers his take on what makes education reporting in San Diego unique. The crew also...

Duration:00:35:46

Districts Struggle to Stay Afloat Despite Increased State Funding

7/19/2018
At first glance, California schools seem to be doing well. The state plans to steadily increase education funding through 2022, giving school districts with higher numbers of low-income students, English-learners, foster youth and homeless children more money and control over how to spend it. But despite the cushion of financial support, school districts across the state, including San Diego Unified, are preparing to make big budget cuts to stay afloat. Jason Willis and Kelsey Krausen,...

Duration:00:46:18

The After-School Care Gap

6/21/2018
After-school programs are crucial for many families. From the time school gets out around 2 or 3 p.m. to the time most parents get off work at 5 or 6 p.m., after-school program providers offer kids expanded academics and enrichment activities like arts or physical education. But while the need is clear, many state and federally funded after-school programs are struggling to survive. Almost all of the quality after-hours programs in the county are have long waitlists, and not every family can...

Duration:00:23:34

Good Schools for All: Serving San Diego’s Most Vulnerable Youth

5/25/2018
The San Diego County Office of Education has its hands in lots of things. But one of its biggest tasks is making sure the regions's most vulnerable students don't slip through the cracks. On the latest podcast, hosts Scott Lewis and Laura Kohn talk to Paul Gothold, the new superintendent of the San Diego County Office of Education, about efforts to get underserved students the tools they need to succeed. Also the podcast, Lewis and Kohn discuss San Diego Unified's recent decision to move...

Duration:00:49:02

A Lincoln High Success Story

5/10/2018
Lincoln High is a struggling school. A string of administrative problems and increasing violence between students at Lincoln continues to prompt many families to send their kids to schools outside their neighborhood. But Karly Van Holten saw something she liked about Lincoln. Despite having other high school options, she told her mom she wanted to stay in her neighborhood and go to Lincoln. "Everything about Lincoln screams community," she said. "I learned how to be in a community and how to...

Duration:00:53:41

'I Found a Way to Keep Reporting'

4/27/2018
Voice of San Diego education reporter Mario Koran is leaving his post. His reporting on San Diego schools over the past five years has pulled back the curtain on several policies and practices that affect local families. He’s tackled everything from school discipline, graduation rates, administrative scandals, bilingual education and more. Koran sits down with hosts Scott Lewis and Laura Kohn to look back at some of his most impactful work and the hurdles he had to overcome to report those...

Duration:00:53:14

Good Schools for All: Reaching Out to Disconnected Kids

4/6/2018
Adulting can be hard. Many kids have difficulties navigating the transition from high school to the "real world." Lots get stuck in limbo. There's a snappy new term for these 16-to-24-year-olds who don’t attend school or have a job — "opportunity youth." On April 12, the San Diego Workforce Partnership is hosting a summit to talk about why there's an estimated 41,000 young people in San Diego county who aren't in school or working. The hope is to come up with solutions about how to make a...

Duration:00:35:11

The Raging Demand for More Computer Science Education

3/21/2018
Tech jobs abound. Our education system isn't churning out enough students with computer science training to meet the voracious demand for high-skilled tech workers. But schools in San Diego are trying to catch up. Locally, only 10 percent of San Diego County high schools offered computer science courses as recently as 2011. This year, closer to 40 percent of high schools here have computer science curriculum. Behind that jump in numbers are educators like Art Lopez, a computer science...

Duration:00:30:33

A Parent’s Guide to Public Schools

2/22/2018
Finding the right school for your kids just got a little easier. Voice of San Diego has launched an inaugural issue of A Parent’s Guide to Public Schools. On the podcast, hosts Scott Lewis and Laura Kohn talk about the guide and arm parents with the information they need to find a good school. Last year, we released a map of San Diego County schools with crucial data about each. Our print guide features an easy-to-read version of that map and builds on the data by including explainers about...

Duration:00:34:07

Poway Unified's New Leader

2/1/2018
The Poway Unified School District is one of the highest regarded school districts in the state. Its schools are good and its students are high-performing. But the district's sterling reputation has a few big dings. Poway Unified's leadership has been under a cloud of suspicion since 2011 when Voice of San Diego broke a story about a strange bond that allowed the district to immediately borrow $150 million, but then required it to pay back $1 billion by 2035. That financial scandal shook the...

Duration:00:56:03

The Future of Teachers Unions

1/18/2018
It's a particularly important time for unions. Locally the San Diego Education Association, the teachers union at the San Diego Unified School District, does not have a contract. It is working on contract negotiations with the district right now. They may support a measure to raise taxes and bring more money into the district while also pushing for wage increases. They're also working with the county on a new evaluation system for teachers that they may consider putting into those...

Duration:01:07:02