After the San Diego Unified school board asked for more options to slash its budget, school district officials have come back with a longer list of possible cuts to close the deficit. They include:
- Eliminating adult education ($1.89 million);
- Ending programs that take students to Camp Palomar, Old Town and Balboa Park ($4.7 million);
- Cutting resource teachers who help train teachers and develop lessons ($3.87 million);
- Ending a program that helps support pregnant and parenting teens ($1.13 million);
- Reducing the number of vice principals ($4.48 million).
These ideas join a growing list of possible cutbacks that includes reducing funding for magnet schools, cutting extra classes that help students pass the high school exit exam, eliminating funding that schools get to meet the needs of gifted students and tapping federal funds for disadvantaged students to pay for counselors and graduation coaches at poorer schools, as we wrote about today.
San Diego Unified was already planning to shorten the school year by five days to help balance its budget, but after California imposed new cuts on schools and old school district plans yielded less savings than hoped, the school board will have to find millions more to make ends meet. You can check out the updated list of potential cutshere.
— EMILY ALPERT