It’s been a busy week or so at the San Diego Unified School District.

Things have been pretty hectic at the district ever since school superintendent Bill Kowba announced last month that the district could soon be facing insolvency. Since then, I’ve written several stories and blog posts on the district’s financial woes.

My colleague Andrew Donohue and I have also appeared on local television and radio shows to discuss the fiscal crisis at city schools. And Donohue filmed a television segment with our media partners NBC San Diego to help quickly explain what a road to insolvency would look like.

Here’s a quick round-up of all the recent coverage. It’s a great place to start if you’re just becoming aware of this crisis, or if you want to get extra details without reading several of our stories.

Let’s start with this concise San Diego Explained segment that Donohue filmed with NBC’s Catherine Garcia a couple of weeks ago:

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Last Friday, I appeared on KPBS Radio’s midday Roundtable to talk about possible school closures at the district. You can listen to that show here. (The schools discussion starts at 26:30). I’ll also be on the roundtable show on Friday to talk about the most recent news out of the district’s school board.

After the radio show, I filmed a short segment on schools with San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Greg Moran for KPBS Television’s Evening Edition show. We talked about school closures and the district’s credit rating downgrade last week. Here’s that segment (Schools discussion starts at 14:18):

Watch Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 on PBS. See more from KPBS Evening Edition.

And, also last Friday, I appeared on Chris Reed’s Top Story show on KOGO AM 600 to keep the conversation going. Listen here.

Donohue and Scott Lewis spent much of the VOSD Radio show on AM 600 KOGO giving a broad overview of the problem and dove into the fact that insolvency had long hung over the district’s financial decisions.

Will Carless is an investigative reporter at You can reach him at or 619.550.5670.

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Will Carless was formerly the head of investigations at Voice of San Diego.

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