San Diego Unified’s budget problems have been in the news. Every time school budgets are in our pages, someone asks about the California Lottery system. Apparently promises about money from the lottery flowing to the schools really made an impression. We decided to finally answer the question of how much money is coming from the lottery […]

Every time school budget problems are in the news, readers always want to know: What about the California Lottery money that’s supposed to be sent to schools? Public records show state lottery money is often a small drop in a much larger bucket that is a school district’s annual budget.

San Diego Unified officials earlier this month announced they’d need to cut at least $116.6 million in spending to balance next year’s budget, and identified three broad areas where the cuts would come from. But the district can’t say what those three areas currently cost. If the central office can cut $44 million, what is that $44 million from?