San Diego Unified School District is just one of California's districts trying to plan for the unknown.
San Diego Unified School board members will meet Tuesday evening to discuss a budget plan or the 2012-2013 school year.
For parents and staffers the plan will be a worst-case scenario for the district that is facing insolvency.
Parents have heard the threats for several months – without concessions from unions and funds from a proposed tax that will be on the next ballot, the district will outline a budget that includes larger class sizes, cuts to programs and layoffs.
Governor Jerry Brown has told districts around the state to be optimistic and to plan for the passage of a ballot measure that will raise money for schools.
But San Diego Unified is not counting on that or the concessions from unions.
The district will simply brace for the worst and lay out plans to cut more than 1,000 positions, including more than 800 teachers.
Behind the scenes, union concessions are likely. All but the teacher’s union have agreed to negotiate changes to their contracts to help keep the district solvent.
Teachers have said they are willing to negotiate but not until the district knows how much money it will receive from the state.
If the ballot measure does not pass, California schools face almost $5 billion in cuts.