A San Diego Playbook

October 30, 2002 1 min read

With four candidates running for two seats, next week’s school board election in San Diego could change the course of the school improvement agenda in the district. Three of the five current board members support the administration’s recent efforts, and two oppose them. One of those dissenters is not up for re-election. That means a win by the two candidates who oppose the reforms would tip the balance of power 3-2 in favor of the dissidents. Here are the key actors:

The Administrators The Union


Former federal prosecutor had no work experience in education before being hired in 1998.

San Diego Education Association President

Says union has been shut out of planning school measures. Backs Jeff Lee and John deBeck to change school board majority.

Chancellor of Instruction

Former New York City district leader hired by Mr. Bersin to lead design of teaching and learning initiatives

School Board Candidates

School Board Candidates

Katherine Nakamura, a lawyer, and Clyde Fuller, a retired FBI agent, concede that the reforms have taken their toll on staff members, but say the changes have been generally positive.
Jeff Lee, a former Navy officer, and incumbent John deBeck, a retired teacher, are highly critical of the school improvement efforts undertaken in the district since Mr. Bersin and Mr. Alvarado arrived.