Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Happy New Year LAUSD!

Sorry -- don't mean to harsh your New Year's buzz, but...

L.A. Unified may lay off almost 2,300 teachers, officials say [LAT]

As many as 2,300 teachers could face midyear layoffs because of the state budget crisis, Los Angeles Unified School District officials said Tuesday.

The state deficit has created a shortfall of at least $250 million in the school district's nearly $6-billion budget, prompting officials to propose sending the layoff notices to 1,690 elementary school teachers and 600 math and English teachers in middle and high schools. The teachers at risk would be those with less than two years of service, who lack the greater job protection afforded tenured instructors.

"We are now anticipating layoffs. We hope to do these unavoidable reductions in force with as little disruption as possible," Supt. Ramon C. Cortines wrote in a letter this week to district employees.

Cortines said he hoped to limit the number of layoffs that might be required but also emphasized the severity of the crisis in a Tuesday news conference. "We will be bankrupt if I do not do this," he said.

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