Parents and teachers who advise San Diego Unified on how to spend federal money for disadvantaged children are arguing that the school district failed to consult their committee before proposing big changes to the programs they help monitor, violating school district procedures.

The school district has proposing closing a parent center and reorganizing how federal spending is monitored to help save money and narrow a roughly $91 million deficit. Both programs are supported, in large part, by the federal money that the committee oversees.

David Page, who leads the committee, questioned whether the proposal would even help with the budget crisis, since most of the savings would go to the specially earmarked federal funds — not the state money that California is cutting from schools.

The group approved a resolution Wednesday arguing that the plan would hurt parent involvement and oversight of programs for disadvantaged students “with no savings or benefit to the current budget crisis.” It demanded that the school district follow an internal procedure that requires it to give the committee roughly two months to consult on such changes before they go to the school board.

— EMILY ALPERT

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