San Diego Unified District C candidate Becca Williams: My opponent will support union policies

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Students in the San Diego Unified School District either meeting or exceeding state standards in English language arts and mathematics declined by 4% and 7.4%, respectively, since 2019, district officials announced earlier this month.

The figures come from the California Smarter Balanced Assessments, which reflect the academic performance of students amid the pandemic.

SDUSD Board of Education President Sharon Whitehurst-Payne said the pandemic exacerbated existing trends in student performance, and “reinforced the need to focus on the whole child.” “All of us have been impacted by the pandemic. However, some students and families have been affected more than others,” she said. “We cannot forget that many of our students are still grieving for the family members, caregivers, and loved ones they lost to COVID-19.

The San Diego Unified School District was among the nation’s strictest district in terms of COVID-19 regulations, but officials say the regulations they supported have nothing to do with the decrease in test scores.

SDUSD Board Trustee Richard Barrera explained this was the first year students were tested since 2019, and the transition back to in-person learning was “difficult” for students, which is why the scores are down.

Barrera did not take any responsibility for supporting & enforcing the policies leading to the “difficult transition” back to in-person learning.

These failed policies and the failure to take responsibility by SDUSD officials is what made Becca Williams decide to run for San Diego Unified School Board’s District C seat. Williams is campaigning against Cody Petterson, who is running as the “union candidate.”

On KUSI’s Good Evening San Diego, Williams told KUSI’s Logan Byrnes that remote learning may work for classes like reading, but it clearly is an ineffective way to teach subjects like mathematics.

Williams continued to explain she opposes the new theories of teaching, where the “answer” doesn’t necessarily matter in subjects, but the process is prioritized.

For example, in math, there is only one answer to problems.

Her opponent, Cody Petterson, has received $200,000 from the teachers unions, and Williams says he will continue pushing their ideology if he wins this election.

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