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Just noticed an interesting item on the agenda for the San Diego Unified school board next week: Trustee Shelia Jackson is asking for an immediate freeze on all spending in the school district, “including but not limited to funding, spending, and external hiring.”

Like all California school districts, San Diego Unified is bracing itself for deep budget cuts, some handed down in the middle of the year. Staffers are already floating the idea of closing under-enrolled schools to cut costs. Last year the school district cut its administration, thinned the ranks of aides who help children with disabilities, and laid off roughly 200 teachers — many of whom were later rehired when the budget situation changed.

I’ll be calling around to ask about how freezing spending would work, whether it would pose problems, and what costs, if any, it might spare San Diego Unified.

EMILY ALPERT

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