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LAUSD Approves 5K Layoffs, L.A. Prepares List of 4K Job Cuts

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The Los Angeles Unifed School District yesterday voted to cut 5,200 jobs from its payrolls in an effort to solve an anticipated $640 million budget deficit. "The latest layoff figures include pink slips for 2,252 teachers, 574 counselors, librarians, school nurses and psychologists and 2,370 administrators," reported the Daily News. "That would virtually eliminate school nurses and librarians, increase class sizes in fourth through eighth grade to a potential high of 44 students in middle school, and boost counselor loads to 1,000 students each." The district will soon examine 1,500 more job cuts to custodians and office workers. Meanwhile, L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa released a list identifying the first 542 jobs identified to be slashed from the budget. In total, 4,000 are slated to be cut.