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San Diego Unified is devoting a growing share of its day-to-day budget to employee salaries and benefits, a pattern echoed across the county and state.
What It Means
The number reflects two trends: How hard the school board has tried to pare back on other costs before slashing staff, and the creeping costs of employee benefits.
As school districts like San Diego Unified face more deficits, they have fewer things to cut that don’t directly impact staff.