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Redistricting Engagement Committee

redistricting engagement graphic

San Diego Board of Education Redistricting Process

Every 10 years, local governments are required to use new census data to redraw their district boundary lines to reflect how local populations have changed. This includes congressional districts, municipal districts like the San Diego City Council, and even school boards.

The San Diego Unified Board of Education has formed a committee to oversee this process, and to actively solicit input from the local community and ensure the most equitable outcome as we define the new boundaries of our board subdistricts.

Latest Update

After presenting several options to the Board of Education last week, the Redistricting Engagement Committee voted on Thursday to move forward with one finalized proposal that would redraw current board subdistricts based on the latest census data.

The vote means that Plan E-1 will be the committee's official recommendation to the board, which will vote on the proposal at the next public meeting on Tuesday, December 14.

recommended plan e-1

See the board presentation here.

What is redistricting? 

In accordance with California Education Code section 5019.5, the San Diego Unified Board of Education educational districts shall be assessed and potentially redrawn to ensure each district is substantially equal in population. This process, also called redistricting, is important to ensure each board member represents an equal number of constituents. 

Currently, the San Diego Unified Board of Education subdistricts have a maximum population deviation of 9.33 percent, meaning some subdistricts have a notably larger or smaller population than the other subdistricts. This is the result of families moving in and out of the San Diego area, new housing developments in certain areas, and other population trends since the last census ten years ago.

2020 census map 

Why is redistricting important?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into sub-districts for purposes of electing a board member to the San Diego Unified Board of Education. The process seeks to empower communities by ensuring they are represented by political representatives of their choice, while ensuring equitable population balance among subdistricts.

What do the existing Board districts look like? 

View a map of the Board of Education's current educational districts:

full district map thumbnail

You can also see which schools are represented by each district here:

District A 
District B 
District C 
District D 
District E 

What do the draft educational district maps look like? 

San Diego Unified presented multiple proposals for new district maps at an initial community meeting, open to the public, on November 12, 2021. See the full proposal with detailed demographics and boundary areas here:

Full Redistricting Presentation

Plan A - Detailed Map:

plan a

Plan B - Detailed Map:

plan b

Plan C - Detailed Map: 

plan c

Plan D - Detailed Map:

plan d

Plan D-1 - Detailed Map:

plan d1

Plan E - Detailed Map:

plan e map

Plan E-1 - Detailed Map:

Plan E-1 Thumb

What is the timeline? 

On September 28, 2021, the board approved the timeline below:

  • September 28, 2021: Contract awarded to consultant (ARCBridge Consulting, Inc.).

  • October 15, 2021: Consultant's initial data analysis.

  • October 26, 2021: Board to approve members of the Engagement Committee.                    

  • By October 30, 2021: Consultant to provide proposed map scenarios.    

  • By November 12, 2021: Consultant to present proposed map scenarios to the Engagement Committee for review.

  • By November 19, 2021: Consultant to provide any revisions based on Engagement Committee recommendations.

  • By December 3, 3021: Engagement Committee to review, and district to post plan on website.

  • December 14, 2021: Presentation to the board.

  • December 15, 2021: Deadline for submission of proposed map to the County Registrar.

  • February 22, 2022: Final boundary map presentation to the board.

  • February 28, 2022: Statutory deadline to submit adopted map.

The district is required to engage in a redistricting/remapping process following each decennial federal census, to ensure subdistrict populations are balanced with no more than a 10 percent variance. 

Staff Contact: Drew Rowlands, [email protected]