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LAUSD Superintendent to Take a Furlough Day

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LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines, who is paid $250,000 a year (it should be $300,000, but he voluntary staved off $50,000 for budget reasons), is once again leading by example by taking his furlough day next Monday. “How can I ask LAUSD employees to take what amounts to a pay cut if I am not willing to share the sacrifice?" he said. "These are dire times. The savings accrued from furlough days are needed to keep deeper cuts away from students and the classroom."

Like the city of Los Angles' budget woes, the school district faces a $570 to $670 million deficit in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. That's $100 to $200 more than anticipated because Schwarzenegger's latest budget proposal shortchanges education again.