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L.A. Approves Plan to Shorten School Year, Head Off Layoffs

By The Associated Press — April 20, 2010 1 min read

The Los Angeles school board has signed off on an agreement with the teachers’ union to shorten the school year and eliminate the need to lay off more than 2,100 employees.

A unanimous board approved the plan last week. The agreement will shorten the academic year by five days this year and next in order to save the district about $147 million and 1,825 teaching jobs.

The deal will also require teachers to take five unpaid furlough days this school year and seven days the next.

A version of this article appeared in the April 21, 2010 edition of Education Week as L.A. Approves Plan to Shorten School Year, Head Off Layoffs