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S.D. County School Leader Relives Tough Time

— San Diego County Schools Superintendent Randy Ward says school districts from Poway to Sweetwater are struggling to balance their budgets to meet a state-mandated deadline. That deadline is July 1st.

Ward is like the school budget cop for San Diego County, making sure all districts submit their budgets on-time and stay in the black.

Ward says the current situation is making him relive some tough memories of when he was appointed the state's caretaker of two bankrupt school districts in California.

“All of us feel like we’re in this bankruptcy situation,” Ward said. “We have to make such drastic cuts, that it brings me back to the days of Compton and Oakland, where you walked into a school district and immediately had to make drastic cuts that hurt children.”

Ward says not one district in the county is faring well because proposed state budget cuts to education keep changing. So far, the majority of county school districts have decided to get rid of teachers, boost class sizes and cutback on school transportation. But even that falls short.

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jimvsmij | June 11, 2009 at 1:01 p.m. ― 7 years, 9 months ago

Do we need more than one vice principal per school? How many assistants do each of the vp's have? When I was going to school there was not nearly as many administration people. With modern technology like computer record keeping is there somehow more work to justify the exponential growth of administrators?

I personally would like to see the public school system scrapped in favor for a student voucher system where students can use their vouchers to go to private schools and where it will be against the law for those private schools to charge more then the vouchers. This will cause schools to compete for children to attend their schools and use each dollar wisely and thus improve children's education.

I think the teachers union is against this system because it favors the children;'s education at the expense of teachers job security. Education of children should be the top priority not teachers job security. Like any other job, if teachers do a good job then they should be secure. Get rid of the obsolete practice of tenure.

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