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Mayoral hopeful Bonnie Dumanis has announced plans to develop a regional “Educational Leadership Summit” as part of her plans for reforming the San Diego Unified School District, which she calls her “Framework for America’s Finest Schools.”

“When schools succeed, students succeed. And when students succeed, cities succeed,” concludes Dumanis in a release on her website. “As Mayor, I’ll take a leadership role in ensuring San Diego City schools are utilizing best practices, making district finances transparent, and integrating partners such as AmeriCorps, cultural institutions, universities, businesses and government offices to expand the resources available to teachers and students.”

Dumanis also says she recently met with Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, chairman of the United States Conference of Mayors Education Reform Task Force. The task force has laid out an “Action Guide for Success,” elements of which have been incorporated by Dumanis into her “Framework.” Included is a call for mayors to take partial control of a school board by appointing board members — a similar proposal put forth by a group called San Diegans 4 Great Schools failed to gather enough signatures to be placed before voters.

Many active in the education community, however, have been critical of the Dumanis plan. The OB Rag’s Doug Porter laid out many of the arguments in a January article shortly after the initial “Framework” proposal was released.

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Visduh March 15, 2012 @ 9:18 p.m.

What a crock! If the city were on solid footing and had no financial problems and no multimillion dollar infrastructural maintenance backlog and could point with pride at everything it did, them some doofus mayoral candidate could start to talk about intervention in the operation of local schools. But none of those conditions apply, and any mayor will be presiding over a continuing decline of the city. Moreover, the city has no legal role in the operation of the schools, no authority to demand anything of them, and no financial responsibility for their operations. A lawyer like her knows all that. This is just a big load of BS that means nothing, and is a part of her flagging campaign. She must think the voters are all stupid; maybe she's right.

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SurfPuppy619 March 15, 2012 @ 11:23 p.m.

Don't worry Visduh-there is no chance whatsoever she could eb elected Mayor. The Cynthia Sommers civil rights lawsuit pending against her wipes out any chance she could even dream of.

When DA's fabricate evidence in murder trials they don't go very far when they run for higher office.

I was shocked the State Bar did not investigate her, until I found out she was a Trustee there........

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Visduh March 16, 2012 @ 7:43 a.m.

That Sommers case doesn't rise to the level of outrage that the prosecution of Dale Akiki by Miller or the wrongheaded behavior of Pfingst in the Crowe case did. Sommers was an utterly unsympathetic figure, and the untimely death of her young, strappingly healthy Marine husband has never been adequately explained. She may very well have done him in, but the case was non-existent. No, even if Bahnee comes up on the losing end of this suit, it will not resonate with the public the way those earlier cases did.

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lalasin July 18, 2012 @ 11:54 p.m.

This is a very interesting and informative article.I've recently attended a leadership development program and I consider that the idea of Bonnie Dumanis to involve in school administration is great.She has a lot of experience on leadership and I am sure that her plan to expand the resources available to teachers and students will be a success.

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