Trying to fill an $106 million budget gap, the San Diego Unified board just approved another $17.5 million in cuts, including raising class sizes from 20 to 24 students between kindergarten and 3rd grade ($14.5 million in savings), raising the student-to-teacher ratio in Seminar classes for highly gifted students from 23 to 25 (roughly $330,000) and trimming 53 positions in special education ($2.6 million). Those reductions, plus roughly $16 million in cuts approved earlier today and $43 million approved earlier this year, add up to roughly $77 million in cuts. That leaves the school district roughly $29 million in the hole, and the school board is still debating more cuts on a lengthy list of possibilities. Check back for more updates soon.

EMILY ALPERT

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