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Group Demands SDUSD Provide Audit and Prioritize Low-Income Minority Students

Community leaders are condemning the school district for its lack of accountability regarding minority students.

The African American Student Coalition called for the San Diego Unified School District to be held accountable for the use of state-funding that is supposed to benefit low-income students on Tuesday.

"Wait until it's all over," said Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, an SDUSD Board Member.

Community leaders are condemning the school district for its lack of accountability regarding funding for underprivileged students.

"This is just the interim stage and we don't know what it's going to look like in the final analysis," said Whitehurst-Payne.

On Thursday morning, the group will hold a rally outside Lincoln High calling for the Vice Principal at the school to become the next Principal.

The group says the current school budget has been most detrimental to low-income students.

At the Education Center in University Heights, the group asked the school district to provide an audit to discover where the money intended for low-income students actually went.

More of the district's education funding should support low-income English language learners and foster youth, according to the group. 

"This budget reduction will inflict irreparable damage on neighborhoods in southeast San Diego, as the most layoffs will be in nine district east schools, which is represented by Trustee Dr. Whitehurst-Payne" said Lashae Collins, a member of the African American Student Success Coalition.

The news conference was held by the African American Student Coalition, which is made up of numerous community groups.

The group says that schools in their neighborhoods bring in the highest concentration of money, yet the budget cuts disproportionately impact the most needy communities.

In response to their demands, school district officials say that African Americans have improved dramatically in terms of college preparation.

The school district already provides a budget audit, according to SDUSD.

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