L.A. Schools OK 5,000 Job Cuts in Last Resort Budget
The Los Angeles school board on Tuesday approved a plan to close a $470 million budget gap in the next academic year by cutting more than 5,000 jobs if unions do not agree to givebacks and voters do not approve a parcel tax.
As some 300 employees protested outside the board offices, district Superintendent Ramon Cortines outlined a preliminary series of options to make up the revenue shortfall, saying that layoffs of teachers and other employees would be a last resort for the nation's second-largest school district.
"As your superintendent, it is my responsibility to lead us through these difficult times," Cortines said. "It...
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