By Maureen Magee / SignOnSanDiego / October 26, 2011
Facing an angry crowd of parents, students and teachers, the San Diego school board talked doom and gloom Tuesday night, taking on dire issues that have stirred unrest for weeks — fiscal insolvency, campus closures and selling off district property among them.
Hundreds turned out to protest recent recommendations from the San Diego Unified School District that more than a dozen campuses close or consolidate next year.
Constituencies from throughout the city were present — including Allied Gardens, Tierrasanta, Paradise Hills, Point Loma and Mission Bay. Administrators looked at attendance trends, academic performance, cost effectiveness, and other data used to identify which campuses are the most eligible to shutter.
Many in the audience questioned the closure criteria altogether. Some accused the district of going after campuses based on their property values. Still more claimed the board of education fostered a culture that has pitted schools against each other in the fight to stay open.
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