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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."

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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."

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Does anyone else notice that this cycle of issuing hundreds or thousands of layoff notices to teachers and then rescinding most or all of them has been going on almost every year since the 80's? Most of the school districts have been doing much the same thing during these tough times, but San Diego Unified has made it into an annual process in bad times and good. One thing that it does is totally confuse the voters and parents and other stakeholders. One year they generate several hundred notices and then cancel all of them; the next year they do much the same thing, except that they actually do reduce faculty. But how closely does a parent or voter or just a run-of-the-mill employee have to track all this to really know what's going on? Ans: very closely. Taxpayers and voters in that district really deserve some thing better than they're seeing. If they really want to stop this nonsense, they need to get a new board. And that would mean voting all the current clowns off the board and getting a new, but perhaps better, cast of clowns.

July 8, 2011

Does anyone else notice that this cycle of issuing hundreds or thousands of layoff notices to teachers and then rescinding most or all of them has been going on almost every year since the 80's?

Thsi is actually the FIRST time I have seen actual lay offs from the thousands of "pink slip" claims made annually.

July 8, 2011

Why change something that works so well?

July 9, 2011

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