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SD Unified Board Facing Difficult Budget Decisions

The new library will have a charter school in it. That's why the district gave money.

As for MM and S, you can't just move money around. Some money is designated for certain spending and you can't change it. Especially if it's Federal money, if it's only for a certain type of spending, you can't change it. For instance if you get more money for construction, you can change other construction money to salaries. It may also have to be spent on construction.

You can't count ALL of the available money and then divide by number of students. You can't spend textbook money on construction or construction money on salaries, etc.

I voted against J for the same reason the lottery failed. I saw somewhere down the road that the money raised by J would have been taken away somewhere else and we'd still be in the same starvation mode we're in now. With the added burden of a parcel tax.

Until people put schools, children and our future first as a number one priority, there will be no "fix". What needs to happen is that the education budget needs to be removed from the general budget and be separate, like it was BEFORE Reagan was Governor.

November 12, 2010 at 10:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

One Book, One San Diego Wants Your Input For Next Book

I see the three books are already selected. I have no interest in reading any of them and so will not vote. Whichever one wins, I will not be reading it. I had no interest in reading this year's selection either.

I would have like to see The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein nominated. It is out in paperback (CostCo has it), is available in an audio selection (very nice, I have that too) and is age appropriate for High School. In fact, one of my students read it and liked it very much. He even recommended it to the next person in line when he returned it to the library.

It has many themes, dealing with death, divorce and life, all told through the eyes of a dog. There is love, car racing and the struggle of a single father to keep his daughter. There is also cruelty, all in the name of 'good intentions'. There is much in this book to jumpstart discussions at book club.

It is a fabulous book that appeals to a much wider range of readers than any of the three nominees. I'm not sure who is on this committee that is selecting the three finalists, but they've been doing worse and worse each year. Four non-fiction books in a row? I rest my case.

July 20, 2010 at 11:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )