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.
Police Tuesday released surveillance footage from an armed robbery at a San Carlos video game store and offered a reward for help in identifying the suspect, who took cash from the register but fled when he was locked out of a back room while forcing two employees at gunpoint to turn over their wallets.
Firefighters have halted the spread of that roughly five-acre brush fire off state Route 67 and Slaughterhouse Canyon Road in the Foster area, near Lakeside, according to Cal Fire.
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San Diego opponents of legislation that would allow cities around the state to extend the closing time for bars to 4 a.m., from the current 2 a.m., said Tuesday the bill would create problems that would spread into the community.
The country's largest paint and sip franchise is adding a splash of color to a San Diego neighborhood. Painting With a Twist lets local artists share their secrets with guests in an art studio as they learn to create a work of art and socialize at the same time. News 8's Ashley Jacobs reports from Rancho Bernardo with the details.
Trial continued Tuesday for an often-deported Mexican citizen charged in a hit-and-run crash that injured a 6-year-old boy earlier this year in San Ysidro.
A car believed to have been used in the abduction of a 9-year-old boy in Santa Maria, prompting an Amber Alert in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, was found abandoned Tuesday, but the child and the suspect remained missing and were believed to be traveling in another vehicle.