Low-income schools are set to bear the brunt of San Diego Unified’s multimillion-dollar budget cuts. For 16 of the 20 schools in San Diego Unified facing the most teacher layoff notices, at least 75 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.
That layoffs hit the poorest schools hardest is generally accepted as true – both by people who want to preserve the current system of teacher protections and those who want to dismantle it.
School board trustees recently voted to eliminate the district’s internal audit office. It’s not clear how that move would comply with a state law that prevents schools from freely outsourcing employee jobs – something the district said it plans to do. The district’s legal counsel said she’s confident the plan passes legal muster.
How many positions are being lost as part of San Diego Unified’s budget cuts? Depending on who you ask, it’s either 400 to 500, or “more than 800,” or 850, or 977 or more than 1,500. The district’s own documents and top officials have only added to the confusion.
What does a $6 million cut to “Property” or a $1.5 million cut to “Civic Center” entail? On those and a number of other issues, parents, community members and even employees are struggling to understand what the cuts mean.
As San Diego Unified moves to cut more than $100 million from its budget, there’s one avenue to potential savings the district doesn’t seem to have explored – perhaps because it’s one of the most controversial and least popular moves in the book: closing schools.
It truly is a privilege to have the luxury of being able to dedicate time and money to something you believe in. But it shouldn’t be necessary — and worst of all, it might deepen school inequality.
Budget cuts are where education tends to get personal. It’s easy to miss school board meetings or informational sessions. But even parents who otherwise don’t pay attention to education news get involved when their child’s favorite teacher or principal gets sent away.
In this week’s San Diego explained, NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Ashly McGlone clear up any questions about the lottery money flowing into San Diego schools.
The economy is doing well and tax revenues are rising – so why are three of San Diego’s largest government agencies facing massive hits to their bottom lines?