Did focus on budget overshadow attention to academics in the San Diego Unified School District?
Board member Shelia Jackson held a news conference today where she said the district has been slow to come up with a plan to spend $9.7 million dollars of federal money under No Child Left Behind.
The district receives the federal dollars because it is in its third year of program improvement.
It has failed to reach academic targets for African Americans, Hispanics, English-language learners and other subgroups of students.
Jackson said the district missed a March 10th deadline to submit a plan to the state outlining how they plan to spend the money to move the district forward. She said the district had to file a waiver to get an extension to submit their plan.
Superintendent Bill Kowba said there is no mandated deadline and the district is filing a preliminary plan with the state this Friday. According to Kowba, the board should vote on it sometime in May.
Kowba said the district has done a good job of balancing the budget and academics, and the district is on track to submit their plan.