Local science class a finalist for recycling competition

Joshua Medrano’s 6th grade science class at St. Mary School in Escondido participated in the PepsiCo Recycling Competition and was selected as a finalist in the West Coast and Southern California region.  “What inspired us to promote awareness about recycling was our unit on ocean currents and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” Medrano told The Times-Advocate. The competition is based […]

For EUSD’s Tracy Schmidt, adjustments, need for ‘engagement’ are everyday certainties

Every morning, when Tracy Schmidt heads to work at the Escondido Union School District, she pretty much expects one thing – something has changed and necessary adjustments will have to be made. And with outbreak of COVID-19, Schmidt found herself with a unique new assignment:  creating a system for recording the data concerning the virus, coordinating with county and local […]

Escondido Elks Lodge awards 26 scholarship applicants

Escondido Elks Lodge March 27 hosted an awards dinner for 26 local high school seniors that applied for an Elks National Foundation(ENF) Scholarship. The evening began with a presentation by Past Exalted Ruler Tim Lyons about what the Elks are all about followed by a spaghetti dinner attended by members of the Elks Lodge and the families of 9 of […]

EUSD expects to receive, must prioritize, $68 million in one-time state, federal funds

How to spend $68 million?  The Escondido School District expects to receive that amount in federal and state funding to mitigate effects of the pandemic, and board members at last week’s Study Session began the process of considering its use.  The money will be allocated just once – and with a variety of restrictions — for expenditures over the next […]

Charter schools lawsuit versus state certified as class action

A class-action lawsuit — Reyes et al. v. State of California et al. — filed last September by three public charter schools and thirteen students, has now been certified to represent 308 public charter schools in the state. This lawsuit is challenging California’s failure to fund students at these public charter schools that are non-classroom-based. That failure, the charter schools […]

Chamber gets educational updates from EUSD and education COMPACT

Send us the money and leave us alone. That’s the message that Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra, superintendent of the Escondido Union School District (EUSD) would like delivered to state and federal officials – and one he shared with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce earlier this week at its March Education Meeting.  Rankins-Ibarra noted that EUSD and other California schools will be […]

Path to renewals for charter school operation strewn with variety of hurdles

“These are challenging times for charter schools,” says Cameron Curry, chief executive officer of Classical Academies (Escondido). Curry was recently able to report renewal of Classical’s five-year charter for one of its seven campuses, Classical Academies Vista (Oceanside), but it was a circuitous, ten-year long journey. And just this month, Epiphany Prep, an Escondido charter school that has had enrollment […]

EUSD board denies Epiphany Prep charter school’s petition for five-year renewal

The board of the Escondido Union School District has denied the five-year renewal of the charter of the Epiphany Prep Charter School (725 Escondido Blvd). On Thursday, February 11, the board met in special session and voted 5-0 to deny the five-year renewal of the charter school, board members emphasizing that they were following state law and regulations and believed […]


Escondido woman named to fall Deans’ List at Nebraska Angelee Jane Cawagas Garcia of Escondido has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the fall semester of the 2020-21 academic year. Garcia, a graduate student working toward a Master of Business Administration, was named to the Dean’s List for the College of Business. Nearly 6,800 students at […]

Quarantines of EUSD students and staff continue on rise

A week after the Escondido Union School District returned to hybrid-model in-classroom teaching, there has been a steady increase in the number of students and staff having to be quarantined. As of Tuesday (February 9), the EUSD’s website dash board reported 188 in quarantine (158 students, 30 staff members), which was somewhat more than four times the number reported in […]

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