Faced with a rapidly deteriorating financial outlook (a $718 million budget shortfall), the Los Angeles Unified School District voted this afternoon to authorize up to 8,846 employee layoffs by the end of June. (About 2,000 teachers have already agreed to take early retirement.) While today's decision does not mean this number of staff will actually be laid off over the summer, the school district is required by law to send out notifications to those who might be affected by March 15. The break down, according to the LAUSD is:
2,875 Certificated and Contract Management Employees
1,996 Permanent Certificated Elementary Teachers
3,477 Non-Permanent Teachers:
- 1,605 Elementary Teachers
- 599 Secondary English Teachers
- 675 Secondary Mathematics Teachers
- 276 Secondary Science Teachers
- 322 Secondary Social Studies Teachers
498 Non-Permanent Support Service Personnel:
- 50 Psychiatric Social Workers
- 61 PSA Counselors
- 9 Elementary Counselors
288 Secondary Counselors
- 85 Diploma Project Advisors
- 5 Audiometrists
The afternoon meeting, according to wire reports carried by the L.A. Daily News
and other outlets, had been contentious from the start, with the United
Teachers of Los Angeles union having previously promised demonstrations
and civil disobedience at the board's South Beaudry Avenue
headquarters. During the meeting, UTLA president A.J. had prevented
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board president Ramon Cortines from delivering his report by taking the
microphone and refusing to relinquish it, even after it was turned off.
The board was forced to withdraw to a smaller meeting room, away from
chanting union members.