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San Diego Unified staffers will ask the school board to approve more than $6 million in textbook funding, an idea that the board balked at in March. The spending includes textbooks for music appreciation, high school geometry and Advanced Placement classes.

Board members wanted to push the state to give them the flexibility to use more than $10 million in the money, which is tied specifically for instructional materials, to help avert other budget cuts as San Diego schools face down an estimated $147 million shortfall. They turned down the original proposal completely.

Parents joined staffers in protesting that decision last month. They complained that a stripped-down proposal that cost only $1.5 million, which the board did approve, would strand many schools with dated, decrepit textbooks. The new proposal is slated to go before the board Tuesday. It does not include more than $2 million in spending for textbooks in economics, American literature, British literature and graphic communication that was originally proposed in March.

EMILY ALPERT

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