San Diego Unified officials still won’t say how many of the 1,500-plus employees who received layoff notices earlier this year were actually laid off. Also unclear: just how many employees San Diego Unified has.
A group of well-resourced parents at Gage Elementary, and even the school board member who represents them, say they’ve hit a brick wall when it comes to getting answers from San Diego Unified about school budget cuts. If they can’t get basic info, one parent said, “What chance does the rest of this district have?”
District documents show the early retirement deals for 600 non-teaching employees would cost more than $24.4 million. But those numbers include the costs to replace every retiree – something officials said the district does not plan to do.
On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC7’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Mario Koran explain why the district’s poorest schools stand to bear the brunt of impending layoffs.
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.
Nick Stone, partner with FS Investors, joined the podcast this week to dig into the group’s proposal for the Qualcomm Stadium site.
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.
Despite warnings from San Diego Unified’s new CFO Patricia Koch last month, some board members held out hope a growing economy would send more money their way. That didn’t happen, and now at least $124.4 million must be cut from the district’s budget.
For years, the state has been writing billions in IOUs to school
districts. San Diego County schools have had to borrow to make ends
meet, sending money to Wall Street instead of local kids.
See why future funding cuts would likely impact classrooms and
not only the school district’s administrative budget.