First day of class for 131K San Diego Unified students

SAN DIEGO - Classes began Tuesday for about 131,000 students in the San Diego Unified School District.

The total enrollment is around 2,000 less than last year. Of the total, slightly more than 20,000 students will attend charter schools overseen by the district, according to SDUSD spokeswoman Linda Zintz.

On Friday, the district opened what it calls a one-stop shop for parents, students, staff and community members to share concerns related to the district, its policies or its schools, and receive a timely response. The Quality Assurance Office is located at district headquarters in University Heights, Annex 10.

"We're promising a quality school in every neighborhood, and any point in time where we fall short in the quality education that we intend to provide, we want parents to know exactly where to go to talk to somebody, to file a complaint, to get an answer, to resolve it quickly in a very transparent, public, credible process," Superintendent Cindy Marten told a local media outlet.

The district also showed off its new middle college program at Lincoln High School, which focuses on science, technology, mathematics and the arts. Students who take part in the program will be able to receive college credit for some of their courses.

The Board of Education, which has not met since the end of July, has its next scheduled meeting set for one week from Tuesday.

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