SDUSD Plan Includes Furloughs, Layoffs

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010  |  Updated 8:28 PM PDT
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SDSU Plan Includes Furloughs, Layoffs

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SDSU Plan Includes Furloughs, Layoffs

Board members agreed to $63 million in potential cuts as a necessary step to try and balance a budget deficit of almost $88 million.
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No schools will close, special education programs remain untouched but schools will add five furlough days for teachers under a plan approved by the San Diego Unified School Board Tuesday night.

Board members agreed to $63 million in potential cuts as a necessary step to try and balance a budget deficit of almost $88 million.

More than 232 probationary teachers would get laid off, according to the Union-Tribune. Other areas affected are the Old Town, Balboa Park and Camp Palomar programs and further consolidation or reduction of the district's central office.

The budget plan also hinges on concessions from labor unions, reports voiceofsandiego.org. Nineteen million of the proposed cuts and savings must be agreed to by workers at the bargaining table.

Outside Tuesday’s board meeting, hundreds of school district employees lit candles to show solidarity during budget negotiations.

Teachers are hoping to reach a salary agreement with the school board this week. They've already agreed to a pay cut but they're asking for something in return - for the district to protect class size, staffing for nurses and counselors and core programs.

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