School district to vote on broadcasting budget

The San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education will vote tonight on whether to budget $26,000 to televise its meetings in the 2006-07 school year.

If they vote in favor of it, the money would reimburse City Hall for broadcasting the meetings on SFGTV Channel 26, the municipal station that also airs city commission meetings, Board of Supervisors meetings and mayoral press conferences.

The education board approved televising the meetings in 2004, but has held off implementation due to budget deficits.

Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Michela Alioto-Pier passed a resolution earlier this month urging the district to move ahead.

“I think more access to the school board meetings is a good idea. I would have to question where the money is coming from,” said Lorraine Woodruff-Long, executive director of Parents for Public Schools. “I don’t think that was the spirit of Prop. H.”

Proposition H is a 2004 ballot measure under which the city government gives the school district tens of millions of dollars in annual funding, a third of it completely discretionary. Ammiano’s resolution urgedthe district to consider paying for the broadcasting with in-kind donations as part of its Prop. H spending.

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