Our special series exploring San Diego Unified School District’s financial crisis, “Schools on the Brink,” is now complete. We partnered with NBC 7 San Diego to take a look at what’s at stake, how we got here and what options the district can take going forward.

We also hosted a forum on Thursday discussing possible solutions and featured readers’ ideas on how they’d fix schools; make sure to check them out on our special section.

Here are the five videos:

Part 1: What’s At Stake


We Stand Up For You. Will You Stand Up For Us?

The unidentified woman being interviewed in this video is Central Elementary principal Cindy Marten. The identification doesn’t show up on the web version.


Part 2: How We Got Here

The first unidenitied man being interviewed in this video is San Diego Unified Superintendent Bill Kowba. The second is Scott Himelstein, director of the Center for Education Policy and Law at University of San Diego. The identifications don’t show up on the web version.


Part 3: The Gambles

The unidentified man speaking at a podium is school board member Scott Barnett. The identification doesn’t appear on the web version.


Part 4: Solutions

The first unidenitied man being interviewed in the video is teachers union president Bill Freeman. The second is parent Paul M. Bowers. The identifications don’t appear on the web version.


Part 5: The Forum on Solutions

The unidentified speakers in the video are: San Diego Unified school board president Richard Barrera; school board member Scott Barnett; teacher Dennis Schamp; parent Paul M. Bowers; Barnett again; an audience member; Up for Ed director Teresa Drew. The identifications don’t show up on the web version.


Update: We’ve identified the speakers in the videos since the web versions don’t include their identifications.

Dagny Salas is the web editor at voiceofsandiego.org. You can contact her directly at dagny.salas@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5669.

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    Written by Dagny Salas

    Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

    8 comments
    Irving Levine
    Irving Levine subscriber

    I would think before entering into such an arrangement, the board sought the advise of legal counsel. I would think this is the time for someone other than I don't do the work work Bonnie Dumanis to make public records act request for any legal opinion the Board obtained.

    IRL
    IRL

    I would think before entering into such an arrangement, the board sought the advise of legal counsel. I would think this is the time for someone other than I don't do the work work Bonnie Dumanis to make public records act request for any legal opinion the Board obtained.

    Frances O'Neill Zimmerman
    Frances O'Neill Zimmerman

    Now, how about disclosing the origin of those five-digit figures for what Part I alleges is spent annually on the education of a student in San Diego Unified? I could be wrong, but I think your numbers are hugely inflated.

    Frances O'Neill Zimmerman
    Frances O'Neill Zimmerman

    The School District squandered public bond money; the City is broke and has no money to "return:" citizens and schoolchildren have been poorly served. All we can do is remember when we vote next November.

    Irving Levine
    Irving Levine subscriber

    If the City were to refuse to refused the money, it would seem appropriate to take out a loan against the secured property inorder to make up the budget shortfall.

    IRL
    IRL

    If the City were to refuse to refused the money, it would seem appropriate to take out a loan against the secured property inorder to make up the budget shortfall.

    Dagny Salas
    Dagny Salas memberadministrator

    Dagny Salas, web editor.