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Layoff notices loom for LAUSD employees

March 10, 2009 11:37:49 AM PDT
Thousands of L.A. Unified School District teachers, administrators and counselors could face layoffs under a plan unveiled by Superintendent Ramon Cortines on Tuesday. Cortines revealed his proposal at a Board of Education meeting Tuesday afternoon. He said he will be recommending management and staff cuts throughout the district to reduce a $718 million budget deficit for the coming year.

According to the report, notices of potential layoffs could be sent to 8,846 employees, including 3,477 non-permanent elementary and secondary teachers. First- and second-year teachers are the most at risk.

The potential layoff list also includes 1,996 permanent elementary school teachers, 498 counselors and advisors, and 2,875 administrators and counselors.

The district must notify employees of any layoffs by March 15.

Cortines has told the Board that not everyone who receives a notice will be laid off. Close to 2,000 teachers plan to take early retirement.

Cortines says the cuts are necessary or the district will be bankrupt and would face the possibility of being taken over.

Members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA, a teachers union) staged a demonstration at the school board meeting Tuesday afternoon.


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