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School board turns to parents for ideas on solving budget crisis

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) -- The San Diego Unified School District is taking a new approach to try and solve a possible $200 million budget shortfall for the 2010-2011 school year.  At an SDUSD Board meeting Thursday night, parents were invited to take part in group discussions.

The meeting was not done in the typical format where parents speak at a podium for a minimum amount of time.  The entire room was separated into small groups to brainstorm suggestions.  "It's a good way to make sure everything has been fleshed out and people can sift through possibilities and maybe there is something there that somebody hasn't thought of before," said San Diego Unified School Board Member, Richard Barrera.

The District is anticipating losing almost one-third of its budget.  As a result, the Board is no longer creating a new budget based on previous plans.  It is taking a ground-up approach and hopes to start with a list of education priorities.

The next town hall meeting is Tuesday, December 8th in the Madison High School Library.

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