Villaraigosa Decries Teacher Layoffs At Los Angeles Unified Schools
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday decried layoffs at the Los Angeles Unified School District because, he argued, they often end up leaving the most vulnerable schools with the newer, less-experienced teachers.
At a press conference scheduled Tuesday afternoon the mayor was expected to "call on the courts, state legislature and the Los Angeles school community to change the teacher layoff system and start putting students first," according to a statement from his office.
Villaraigosa expressed support for an ACLU lawsuit that claims teacher layoffs at LAUSD schools have disproportionately affected those most in-need of good instruction.
"These middle schools have been hit hard by teacher layoffs that have resulted in having teachers who are not trained to teach in the areas in which they are assigned; decimated the schools' ability to train and mentor teachers because of high turnover; and reduced the quality of education because of the high number of substitute teachers and lack of
stability in the classroom," reads part of a statement from the mayor's office.
Of course, the teacher's union, United Teachers Los Angeles, is in a bitter battle with the district over layoffs set-off by a major budget deficit at the LAUSD. And, of course, Villaraigosa is a union man through-and-through.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss LA Weekly's biggest stories.
- Kabbalah Centre and Its Former Rabbi to the Stars to Pay $177,500 in Sexual Battery Suit
- Bicycle Is Returned to Child, but Alleged Bully Bike Thief Is Still On the Loose
- Thanksgiving Travelers Will Enjoy Lowest Gas Prices Since Early 2009