Statement: “This district has gone down in enrollment every single year, for I don’t know how many years, and yet we have not reduced the workforce commensurately with that. I mean that’s the reality,” San Diego Unified School District board member Sharon Whitehurst-Payne said at the April 25 board meeting.
Analysis: To help cut more than $124 million from next year’s budget, San Diego school leaders planned to let go of roughly 1,000 employees, though district officials said final layoff numbers are still not available.
The district has blamed state officials for the cuts, though that’s a hard sell. The district has also pointed to rising employee pension costs, labor market pressures and declining student enrollment, which decreases state funding.
Officials have said the layoffs will “right-size” the district, bringing staffing in line with the budget and student population.
Board member Sharon Whitehurst-Payne made the same point at an April 25 board meeting. “This district has gone down in enrollment every single year, for I don’t know how many years, and yet we have not reduced the workforce commensurately with that. I mean that’s the reality,” she said.
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This is the kind of reporting that makes the VOICE a valuable addition to local media options. It melds well with another recent VOICE story on how the SDUSD upped its graduation percentage by fobbing off most of their C- and below students to charter schools.
This style of reporting is a throwback to earlier times, when investigative journalism was an honored tradition in the newspaper business.
What's particularly impressive is that the staff of VOICE are doubtless all liberals, yet they make a decent effort at providing stories based on facts rather than ideology. Perhaps VOICE can hold "old school" seminars for the staff of the U-T, LA TIMES, SAC BEE, etc.
I choose to see this as another of the denominator problems that bedevils this district and its namesake city. And, it does seem that the condition makes for a story every time press outlet encounters it.
The accuracy of the statement "even as student enrollment dropped" is the key to all things.
Is there any non-government job where 100% of health care is paid for? Must be somewhere but I can't think of a single one. Interesting that almost all of the extra jobs are non-teaching. Guess that's why the bill keeps going up and the quality down.
Great data. Keep up the good work. How can we solve the problem of stonewalling information requests?
Let's see, the district needs 3 months to provide data that should be available in a day or two.
Then, they miss their promise date and want another 7 weeks?
Do you get the feeling they are just jerking you around?
Sue the bas...s!
If anyone wonders why student Math scores continue to drop, it could be that math does not seem like a skill many of the local district leadership have mastered.
Not to worry, legislation banning Charter Schools is already in the works. To big to fail come to mind?