San Diego Unified School District to cut at least 1,500 jobs
6 March 2017
The San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees voted last week to eliminate at least 1,500 full-time education jobs to close the district’s budget deficit of $124 million. According to district documents, not widely reported in the corporate media, the second-largest school district in California will now have to teach 100,000 students with less money and less staff.
This comes despite California voters’ approval of Proposition 55, promoted by the unions and the Democratic Party in particular as a measure to prevent such cuts and layoffs. Proposition 55 was designed to partially restore state taxes set to expire from Proposition 30, itself a reactionary bill (see “ The reactionary essence of California’s Proposition 30”). The new bill’s proponents cynically used the threat of teacher layoffs and budget cuts to garner support. Now the bill has passed, and educators and others are being fired anyway.
While most of the San Diego media has reported that some 850 jobs will be eliminated, the actual number of full-time jobs set to go—including non-teaching positions such as school security, custodians, counselors, etc.—is 1,500.
To give some idea of the scope of the cuts, the Special Education department will have to make do with $7.92 million less. Some classrooms assigned to moderately to severely disabled students will be closed at elementary schools, forcing 220 disabled students to be relocated.
The district’s Visual and Performing Arts program faces a cut of $1.4 million and the loss of 30 full-time education workers. School security will also be affected with the loss of $2.4 million and the dismissal of 20 community patrol officers, as well as a…