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LAUSD opens 9 campuses for new school year

September 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
It's the first day of school for thousands of students. LAUSD has opened nine new campuses in the district.

Valley Region High School #5 in San Fernando is one of the new campuses. About 1,600 students showed up at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. School officials said they modeled the campus off of California's historic missions.

The new schools are a positive thing due to the budget problems plaguing the district this year.

There are 1,400 fewer teachers at L.A. campuses this school year. It actually would have been 5,000 fewer teachers because of the $500 million budget shortfall. But that was prevented when teachers agreed to take four furlough days this year, and others took early retirement.

Many teachers were rehired last month, allowing the district to staff all of the new campuses.

The district was able to open new campuses despite budget shortfalls due to bond money, however staffing the new schools came from the state.

But according to LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, things may actually get worse when it comes to the budget as the school year continues.

"The state of California continually underfunds our budget," said Deasy. "And like everybody is talking about this year, we might get cuts in the middle of the year. We are very worried about that. We can open it, staff it, because the students are here. But running it is going to be a big challenge."

The LAPD wants to remind drivers of all the school zone traffic laws in place, including driving at 25 mph and watching out for pedestrians.

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