Year after year, San Diego Unified has grudgingly prepared for the worst based on budget plans made by the California governor. It once warned hundreds of teachers that they would lose their jobs. That threat fizzled, but not before it sent the school district into an uproar.
School board members want that painful pattern to stop, and they have a risky idea in mind.
Even though Gov. Jerry Brown pledged to spare schools, districts all over the state are bracing for layoffs. They’ve decided not to bank on what the governor says, since his plans depend on voters extending tax increases.