Richard Barrera, president of the San Diego Unified school board, surprised parents and community members this afternoon by saying that he would not ask the rest of the board to pull a proposed parcel tax to support schools off the ballot.

Barrera had planned to ask the board to withdraw the tax this afternoon because he didn’t believe it was going to be able to pass, even after the City Council voted against a sales tax that threatened to compete with it on the ballot. Today, Barrera said he still believes it will be difficult, but is worth a shot.

“I have made that effort more difficult with my flip-flopping over the past couple of days,” Barrera said in a school board meeting. “For that I apologize … but I think it’s a fight worth fighting.”

Check back for more soon.

— EMILY ALPERT

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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