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LAUSD Teacher Layoffs Leads to Lawsuit From ACLU

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Just one day after the Los Angeles Unified School District voted in favor of the plan to give control of struggling schools to non-profits, a lawsuit filed against the LAUSD by the ACLU is focused on layoffs at three schools--two of which are operated by Mayor Villaraigosa's non-profit "Partnership" program.

In a suit filed today in Superior Court, the ACLU asserts that massive layoffs at Gompers, Liechty, and Markham "have deprived thousands of low-income students and students of color of the legal right to an education consistent with prevailing statewide standards," according to a press release.

Budget cuts approved by the state and the School Board gave the green light for the layoffs of numerous permanent teachers. "At Liechty, fully 72 percent of the teachers received layoff notices; at Markham, the layoffs included almost the entire English department along with every 8th grade history teacher," notes the ACLU.