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San Diego Unified is recommending the school board spend $4.6 million to keep its summer school programs largely intact this year, offering summer classes to all high schoolers who need to make up Ds and Fs, along with students at risk of being held back in grades 1, 3 and 8 and kids entering algebra at schools in a special transition program.

District officials had earlier feared that San Diego Unified might have to pare back on summer school to save money. The school board will decide Tuesday morning whether or not it takes that step.

For instance, the board could choose to offer summer school to fewer grades and students in order to save money. Only supplying summer school to high school seniors, for instance, would cost $555,000. The money comes from federal funds for disadvantaged students and state funding.

School district staff will also advise the school board that they should suspend rules next year that require failing students to go to summer school if they want to avoid being held back a grade, because of “the uncertainty of the state’s financial situation.”

“We don’t know what the budget’s going to look like for next year,” said Lisa Sheldon, who oversees the program.

— EMILY ALPERT

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