For education junkies, it was a feast. This weekend, the Union-Tribune ran three different op-eds from current board members Richard Barrera and Scott Barnett and former candidate Steve Rosen about how to solve San Diego Unified’s budget woes.

Check ‘em out. Then weigh in here: Are there other solutions that these three people didn’t talk about? What else could we be doing to sort out this budget mess? Please post your comments here on the blog. If your ideas really intrigue me, maybe we can swing a guest blog for you!

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    28 comments
    Allen Hemphill
    Allen Hemphill subscribermember

    I define destruction as finishing only above Mississippi in the US Department of Education 2009 Science rankings. We have but one slot to go.

    Akamai
    Akamai

    I define destruction as finishing only above Mississippi in the US Department of Education 2009 Science rankings. We have but one slot to go.

    Allen Hemphill
    Allen Hemphill subscribermember

    All school boards should have on THEIR staff, a UCSD graduate student in finance, who answers directly to the Board and can only be fired if he is ever seen having coffee with the staff!

    Akamai
    Akamai

    All school boards should have on THEIR staff, a UCSD graduate student in finance, who answers directly to the Board and can only be fired if he is ever seen having coffee with the staff!

    Sydney Allen
    Sydney Allen subscriber

    Furthermore, with the news of California's revised budget, the cuts aren't as bad as people like ScrippsDad predict. Sometimes it seems he wants his "doom and gloom outlook" to come to fruition so he can turn to the union with "I told you so".

    YoLaTengo
    YoLaTengo

    Furthermore, with the news of California's revised budget, the cuts aren't as bad as people like ScrippsDad predict. Sometimes it seems he wants his "doom and gloom outlook" to come to fruition so he can turn to the union with "I told you so".

    Dustin Johnson
    Dustin Johnson subscriber

    Unfortunately, for those who aren't financiers and don't own their own labor, money is a tough thing to come by and many need to put food and shelter as the priority. My occasional donation of time and money to my previous schools is all that I could afford to give, what have you contributed? $100,000 into a failed campaign and sneaky financial advice?

    DustinJ
    DustinJ

    Unfortunately, for those who aren't financiers and don't own their own labor, money is a tough thing to come by and many need to put food and shelter as the priority. My occasional donation of time and money to my previous schools is all that I could afford to give, what have you contributed? $100,000 into a failed campaign and sneaky financial advice?

    Akamai
    Akamai

    (They will cash your check!)

    Eduardo Stephano
    Eduardo Stephano subscriber

    Great RB, than take your concerns to your legislators and let democracy have it's say. If the voters decide against tax increases, and unions are forced to make concessions then so be it. But all the griping and begrudging is getting very tiring.

    zeekzeus
    zeekzeus

    Great RB, than take your concerns to your legislators and let democracy have it's say. If the voters decide against tax increases, and unions are forced to make concessions then so be it. But all the griping and begrudging is getting very tiring.

    Eduardo Stephano
    Eduardo Stephano subscriber

    Sour grapes Mr. Rosen, sour grapes. Good luck with any future political endeavors. You can pander all you want to the anti-union crowd, but fortunately most voters disagree(d) with you.

    zeekzeus
    zeekzeus

    Sour grapes Mr. Rosen, sour grapes. Good luck with any future political endeavors. You can pander all you want to the anti-union crowd, but fortunately most voters disagree(d) with you.

    ScrippsDad
    ScrippsDad subscriber

    When finances head south, somebody has to pay. Just look and study the budgets, it's currently unsustainable over the next 3 years. Are you suggesting that we should now balance the budgets on the back of the kids - who had nothing to do with the greed and economic meltdown?

    ScrippsDad
    ScrippsDad

    When finances head south, somebody has to pay. Just look and study the budgets, it's currently unsustainable over the next 3 years. Are you suggesting that we should now balance the budgets on the back of the kids - who had nothing to do with the greed and economic meltdown?

    Allen Hemphill
    Allen Hemphill subscribermember

    In short, return schools to their core -- which is education -- there is plenty of entertainment already available for those of student age.

    Akamai
    Akamai

    In short, return schools to their core -- which is education -- there is plenty of entertainment already available for those of student age.

    John Kennett
    John Kennett subscriber

    I really can't speak for others but in the America I live we should be seeking to raise the level of pay and benefits for ALL workers, I believe my father used to call it...... prosperity , not try to drag other groups down. :(

    JKennett
    JKennett

    I really can't speak for others but in the America I live we should be seeking to raise the level of pay and benefits for ALL workers, I believe my father used to call it...... prosperity , not try to drag other groups down. :(

    Scott Kovacik
    Scott Kovacik subscriber

    Why shouldn't private sector employees get benefits and compensation that school employees receive?

    sdnative1958
    sdnative1958

    Why shouldn't private sector employees get benefits and compensation that school employees receive?

    Eduardo Stephano
    Eduardo Stephano subscriber

    It's a sad game when teachers (and public employees as a whole) are considered just ordinary middle-class workers when the economy is flush, but when finances head south, they're suddenly accused of being excessive and unreasonable. Make up your mind folks, which is it?

    zeekzeus
    zeekzeus

    It's a sad game when teachers (and public employees as a whole) are considered just ordinary middle-class workers when the economy is flush, but when finances head south, they're suddenly accused of being excessive and unreasonable. Make up your mind folks, which is it?

    James Schmeits
    James Schmeits subscribermember

    I like Steve Rosen's ideas. Why should school employees get benefits and compensation that private sector employees rarely acheive?

    Rom109
    Rom109

    I like Steve Rosen's ideas. Why should school employees get benefits and compensation that private sector employees rarely acheive?