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LAUSD to issue layoff warnings

February 27, 2009|Jason Song

Nearly 16,000 city school district employees -- including thousands of teachers -- may be told next month that they are in danger of losing their jobs because of budget problems, officials said Thursday.

The potential cuts include 10,000 teachers, nurses and other certificated employees and 6,000 administrators. The Los Angeles Unified School District is facing a nearly $900-million budget shortfall over the next 18 months because of the state's fiscal crisis. Teachers must be notified by March 15 if they could get laid off, and final notifications would be issued late in the summer.

Layoffs would primarily affect younger, less experienced instructors. L.A. Unified officials have also targeted costs at headquarters and local district offices.

The school board must vote to approve any layoff notices on March 10.

-- Jason Song

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday, February 28, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 43 words Type of Material: Correction
L.A. Unified layoffs: A briefing item in Thursday's California section about potential layoffs in the Los Angeles Unified School District reported that nearly 6,000 administrators might receive layoff notices. In fact, 6,000 non-teaching employees, including administrators, janitors and others, might receive layoff notices.

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