Thursday, March 7, 2013

SCUSD Stonewalls the Community By Denying Access to Budget Data | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education

SCUSD Stonewalls the Community By Denying Access to Budget Data | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education:


SCUSD Stonewalls the Community By Denying Access to Budget Data

Last Tuesday evening the Putting Students First Coalition hosted a community budget forum. The presenter was Karen Swett, a retired SCUSD teacher who has spent years working with district
budget s and is one of the founders of the non-profit Making Cents Work. The non-profit is dedicated to empowering parents and community members with the knowledge of how to read district budgets and make sense of the columns of numbers and codes. The forum was a success, attracting thirty plus people and generating some coverage from local television news.  Knowledge is power and the district isn't interested in the community having any. It has cut off Karen's access to district budget databases. If the district cuts Karen off,  it cuts off the entire community fighting the school closures as well. How should we respond? Karen has this suggestion:

Tonight's agenda item 9.1. There is a dollar amount - shortfall - on page 2 of 5.7 million. This amount must show on either the 1st interim budget status report or the upcoming 2nd Interim budget status report. Someone should 

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