Upper middle class San Diego is in a budgetary crisis. The school district is slashing jobs.
The days of wine and roses for the teachers union are over.
When they cut public school funding, it is crisis time. That is the state religion of the United States.
The district is running a $122 million deficit out of a $1.1 billion budget.
Students, employees, and parents staged a rally. Apparently, they think a rally will produce $122 million.
Lost in the districtwide protests against the teacher layoffs that cover 20 percent of the elementary teaching force has been the hit to San Diego Unified’s early childhood education program that would lose state funding under California’s preliminary budget.
Of the district’s 185 state-funded prekindergarten teachers, 150 received pink slips. The program serves students from low-income San Diego families and helps prepare them for kindergarten by teaching language, social and physical skills, and identifying students with special needs. Some 385 nonteaching jobs at the child development centers have also been cut.
No more free day care! The horror!
The solution? Why, demand more money from a nearly bankrupt state government.
Superintendent Bill Kowba bemoaned Gov. Jerry Brown’s cuts to state preschool under his preliminary January budget. “Our push-back has got to be with the governor and with the Legislature,” Kowba told the audience Tuesday. “Preschool is where we start our young kids on the road to success in K through 12.”
Class size will rise.
Under the budget plan, student-teacher funding ratios would go from 24-1 to 31-1 in kindergarten through third grade in most elementary schools. Classes for older elementary students would go from 32 to 35 students.
Under the budget, up to 40 students would be enrolled in middle-school classes. High school classes would continue to climb well beyond that.
San Diego is not Detroit. If San Diego has a budget crisis, New York and Illinois are not far behind. In Illinois, a P.E. teacher gets over $200,000 a year. Look at these pay scales.