The Trend

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.

The Future

As school districts like San Diego Unified face more deficits, they have fewer things to cut that don’t directly impact staff.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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