Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
San Diego Unified Restores 300 Positions
Two weeks after San Diego Unified trustees cut $115 million from the budget, Superintendent Bill Kowba announced the district will be reinstating approximately 300 of the 800 teachers that had received pink-slips as a result of the cuts.
District officials decided to restore the positions after receiving $27 million more than expected in state funding. San Diego Unified will use $22 million to keep class sizes in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade at 24 students. At 29 schools in high-poverty areas, class size will be restored to 20 students.
Supervisor Bill Kowba made the announcement at a July 8 press conference outside of San Diego Unified headquarters.
"Small class sizes matter especially in the early grades and especially for our struggling students and our English Language learners."
Board member Kevin Beiser was present. He spoke to the importance of keeping class sizes small.
"Third grade literacy rates are a hyper-accurate predictor of future prison populations," Beiser said. "Students that are literate by the third grade go on to graduate high school and complete a college degree in incredibly high numbers."