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LAUSD Wants Teachers to Pay Them $53 Million

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In a story of truly fucked notions, the LAUSD is short $53-million because they overpaid around 36,000 employees due to a rushed installation and implementation of Business Tools for Schools, a payroll system that couldn't handle calculating the nuances of a teacher's "complicated job assignments and unusual work schedules," according to the LA Times. It's not only that they overpaid employees, they also underpaid and didn't even pay some employees, owing some $7 million.

For Genie Penn, a veteran second-grade teacher at Overland Elementary on the Westside, the choice is clear. "All of a sudden they've decided I owe them $9,000?" asked an exasperated Penn, who has a graduate degree in business. "I know I owe them some money, but it is not that much. Until they can show me some proof of how much I owe them, I am not paying a dime. It's just absurd. It's mind boggling! But I guess when you work for LAUSD, nothing should surprise you."


There may be few employees prepared to take the district's word on overpayments at face value. After months of mounting confusion and frustration, many are dubious of the computer system's ability to accurately calculate overpayments. Several teachers pointed to an earlier attempt by the district to determine overpayments and under-payments that was marred by widespread inaccuracies.

Hey LAUSD, guess what? Those checks, they had signatures on them. You signed them. A machine signed them. That's final. Suck up it up, you made a mistake. And then you kept on making the same mistake for months and months. If you think you deserve that money back, then get it back from computer software and Deloitte Consulting, the firm contracted to implement the system. But don't punish your people in the trenches, they have enough to worry about.

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