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Thousands in LAUSD to get pink slips?

February 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The Los Angeles Unified School District says thousands of its employees could receive layoff notices next month."I will be recommending sending notification to a great many employees," District Superintendent Ramon Cortines told the Board of Education. But Cortines adds that the notifications do not ensure that people who receive them will actually lose their jobs.

The first wave of possible cuts will likely be made among non-teaching personnel. They include management and staff throughout the district.

The school board is expected to vote March 10 on whether to authorize Cortines to send the notices.

The pink slips will be sent out as the district tries to make up for a budget deficit that has grown to about $894 million.

The superintendent is also recommending reduced maintenance, custodial and transportation services, along with some educational programs; and he's encouraging older workers to take early retirement.

"Teaching and learning happen in the classrooms and we are doing everything we can to minimize the impact of these cuts on classrooms," said Cortines. "But the severity of the current situation requires us to look at everything."

Meanwhile, contract talks between the teachers' union and the district are continuing. Union members are expected to cast ballots in a strike-authorization vote March 20 through 25.