Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - Led by a new school board, San Diego Unified is trying to do what was once called impossible: balancing its thinning budget without laying off a single employee.
It has already found more than $45 million in other savings that were never discussed last year when the school district dismissed hundreds of workers to save money. Staffers credit the change to a new school board that insisted on avoiding layoffs -- including new members elected with union backing on the pledge to keep cuts far from classrooms -- and to a tighter way of scrubbing its budgets. Unions and outsiders have praised it for finding less painful cuts.
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