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The Year San Diego Unified Established Itself as the Agency Most Hostile to Transparency

In school board meetings and public statements, San Diego Unified School District leaders speak often of their commitment to transparency.

Last year, when the district achieved a record-setting graduation rate, Superintendent Cindy Marten said one of the top reasons for the accomplishment was the transparency it showed by sharing data on student progress with outside organizations.

The district has boasted of its transparency in managing school bond money and how it reactedwhen lead was detected in school drinking water.

But the district’s actions haven’t matched its rhetoric.

Over the last year, through outright denials or staggeringly slow responses to public records requests – including some that have been found to have violated California law – refusals to discuss important decisions and misleading public statements, the district established itself as the public agency most hostile to transparency in San Diego.