LAUSD To Send Impending Layoff Notices to 8,800 Employees
By next Monday, Los Angeles Unified School District will have sent off nearly 9,000 impending layoff notices to teachers and employees as part of a plan to reduce the predicted $718 million budget deficit for the 09/10 fiscal year. That plan's presentation set off a protest at today's school board meeting, but come Friday, or rather Pink Friday, larger protests and rallies are planned across the state by the California Teachers Association regarding similar school budgeting issues.
Notices will go out by March 15, but the actual number of layoffs will come at a later point before July 1. "Officials with the teachers' union, United Teachers Los Angeles, have criticized the district for any possible cuts among the teachers, saying the district should cut administrators out of the budget before firing teachers or making reductions that would affect the classroom," reports the Associated Press.