Before the ink is even dry on the current round of District take-backs (everyone seems to have forgotten that WE STILL HAVE TO VOTE), at tonight’s School Board meeting the District dropped a new bomb. They are now predicting a $80 to $92 million deficit for 2013-14 AFTER the current round of concessions.
It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry, since the entire reason the union is ostensibly pushing us to vote for the incredibly bad deal in the first place is that it will “lock up our contract through the District’s worst budget year of 2013.” It seems obvious that quite the opposite is true. This deal does nothing but set us up for another year of excessive layoffs based on an inflated budget deficit, followed by another round of deeper concessions out of our supposedly closed contract. And all we’ll have left to give up is our healthcare.
Even Voice of San Diego reporter Will Carless, who has been one of the biggest supporters of the District’s push for concessions all year, left tonight’s School Board meeting with the quote, “Starting to get the distinct feeling that people have been less than honest with me in the past few months. Bad smell in this room.”
See below for his live Twitter feed from tonight’s School Board meeting, and click here to view the previous VOSD analysis of the District’s alleged budget problem and why this concessions deal should have erased it.
And then set your alarm to get up early Sunday morning and send both the SDUSD Board AND the SDEA Board a strong message: WE CAN ALL DO BETTER.