The San Diego Unified School District’s board of trustees got a cold, harsh dose of fiscal reality from its financial consultant and its staff Tuesday night. Then it took an earful from angry parents, staff and even fifth-graders from schools the district has slated for possible closure.
Aside from some sparring on whether to reduce busing, a spat that ended with a majority of the board voting to reject further cuts, there was little actual action at Tuesday’s meeting. Rather, the marathon meeting was an opportunity for the board to air publicly the true depth of its financial woes and blame the state for those woes.
Financial consultant Ron Bennett, the first invited speaker, laid out the case for blaming the state, and stressed that districts across the state are facing similar disastrous choices between maintaining children’s education and possible financial ruin.