As the Los Angeles Unified School District considers mass layoffs to deal with a budget deficit, it continues to pay about $10 million a year to about 160 instructors and others who are forbidden to enter a classroom.
The employees earn salaries while misconduct complaints against them are reviewed. Last month, the school board voted to lay off as many as 2,400 teachers and 2,000 other personnel to deal with a $596 million budget shortfall for the upcoming school year.
Teachers whose fitness is under review cannot be given any actual work but are “housed,” or placed in district buildings where they remain during work hours.
Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines said the policy for “housed” employees should be changed.
A version of this article appeared in the May 13, 2009 edition of Education Week