San Diego Unified has said the high number of teacher retirements could mean schools in wealthier neighborhoods may be impacted by the turnover just as much as low-income schools. But even once layoff notices are rescinded, the process has a bigger impact on low-income schools, which tend to have more junior employees.
San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten said Tuesday that teacher layoffs for the 2017-2018 school year may drop below 200, down from 952 notices this spring. Marten offered no other explanation, and district staff said this week final layoff numbers are not yet available.
Compare district staffing with district-run school enrollment and the trend is clear: The district budgeted more staff for fewer students in recent years.
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.
District documents show an early retirement incentive offered to teachers will actually begin costing the district money in two years.
San Diego Unified’s layoffs, especially at unique magnet schools, are not the right solution to the district’s problems.
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.
Listening to San Diego Unified explain its budget cuts, you might think the district’s massive shortfall is actually a blessing. To better understand what’s going on, we’ve put together a video that explains why this happened and demystifies the district’s spin efforts.
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.
Statement: “We’ve already cut over 2,000 staff in the last few years,” San Diego Unified school board President John Lee Evans said during a June 19 interview on KPBS.Determination: Mostly True