As part of my research for today’s story on the tardy budget of the San Diego Unified School District, I had a chance to talk to a nice man named Ronald Bennett, the president and CEO of School Services of California.

Bennett’s company consults with school districts on various budget issues — he’s worked with San Diego Unified — and he pointed out some sections of the state’s education code that govern the procedures school districts must follow when approving budgets. One of these procedures says that districts must run newspaper ads notifying the public when their budgets will be on display.

San Diego Unified did commission such an ad, via the county Office of Education, to be printed in The San Diego Union-Tribune. In the notice, the district said the budget will be displayed at the district office (4100 Normal St.) in room 2129 starting at 8 a.m. Friday.

I’ll be there then to see if that’s indeed the case. Check back then.


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