San Diego Schools is an advocacy group established to provide parents with help in improving education in San Diego County.
Our Mission is to enable parents and student to better understand how their school District operates, how to receive the most value for their education and how their participation can make it happen.
Improve transparency and accountability in education
An engaged community ensures that School Boards insist that their Districts operate in a clear and accountable manner. Parent engagement results in decisions that are made with the priority of safety, wellness and successful student outcomes in mind.
Putting kids first!
We know everyone in education really wants our kids to succeed, but there are often conflicting priorities, some of which do not truly put the needs of kids first. San Diego Schools feels that our kids should always come first!
Why is this important?
A governing body gets its authority from the people who elect them.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Women/Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” (emphasis added. U.S., 1776)
Who are the “governed? We are, “We the People.” We have a say in how we are governed because WE are the voters, the taxpayers and essentially the “employers”and customers of our elected officials and their support staff.
If WE the PEOPLE are not watching, how do we know that our elected officials are acting in the interest of the PEOPLE?
What is the governing body — our school board — supposed to do?
The job of a school board is to manage a district to create the best possible education for our kids while keeping the district financially solvent. They are directly responsible for the Superintendent, and as such need to instruct them in ways that represent the interests of the parents that elect them and the best interests of their children.
Their responsibilities require them to exercise the following:
- The duty of care
- The duty of loyalty
- The duty of impartiality
- The duty of accountability
- The duty to preserve the public’s trust in government