Opinion: Fundraising a sign that school district reform is needed

Tony Pauker

La Jolla

I’m writing to express my concern over the April 28 by Beth Penny and Dana Irwin, chairs of the LJHS Conquer the Cuts Committee, entitled “Donors Helping Drive to the Conquer the Cuts at LJHS.”

With a LJHS student (as well as Muirlands and LJES kids) I have donated to Conquer the Cuts and urge other to do so as well.

However, while it’s heartening to see the community come together to help raise $200,000 for our local schools, this won’t even close next year’s expected $325,000 gap.  But I am really troubled that we are having to help raise money for publicly funded schools. Despite funding issues from the state I think we can do better.  I realize times are tough, but I still have to wonder where the San Diego Unified School District board spent a $1.2 billion operating budget with another $120 million in debt.

Public education is the biggest investment we make in our future. It is time for reform in governance of the SDUSD. That’s why I support San Diegans 4 Great Schools initiative to fix our schools. It’s time for a school board that puts the needs of our kids above politics.



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