SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Already cash-strapped San Diego schools would get even less money under the proposed state budget that may be approved by this weekend, according to the San Diego Unified School District.
"I think there is a feeling of disappointment -- while it could be worse, the opportunity to restore education funding was not taken in this budget," said Bernie Rhinerson of the SDUSD.
The budget includes suspension of voter-approved Proposition 98 education funding guarantees, which would mean a loss of $3.1 billion statewide for K-12 schools and community colleges, he said.
"It looks like (the agreement) will have very little positive impact on our budget," Rhinerson said.
He said the SDUSD is already in a "precarious financial situation" after four years of budget cuts.
The district currently faces a shortfall for 2011-12 of $141 million, which could force the district to lay off teachers and cut academic programs.
Deputy Superintendent for Academics Nellie Meyer is preparing a report on the academic impacts of future cuts, which will be presented at next Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.
Rhinerson said the state budget deal creates a lot of uncertainty because local financial projections of revenues and spending reductions might be optimistic. That could result in mid-year adjustments that could impact local school districts even more, he said.
The "Black Knights'' of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 and the "Blue Hawks'' of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78 returned home to Naval Air Station North Island Thursday following a six-month deployment.
A former Mexican legislator linked to notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was charged Thursday with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and made her first appearance in San Diego federal court.
Firefighters are getting a new tool this summer that promises quicker wildfire containment times and it won't cost taxpayers a dime.
The San Diego Zoo said Thursday that its collection of African penguins has begun moving to the Africa Rocks exhibit, which is scheduled to open to the public in phases beginning next week.
Rates charged by the San Diego County Water Authority to its 24 member agencies in the region will increase 3.7 percent next year, according to a budget approved Thursday by the authority's Board of Directors.
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Thank you San Diego for supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego and helping to provide a home away from home for families of seriously ill and injured children.
A Lincoln Park resident was wounded outside his home Thursday in a shooting carried out by an unidentified assailant, San Diego police reported.
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