BREAKING: LAUSD Votes to Send Layoff Notices to 2300 Teachers

From the Daily News:

Los Angeles Unified school board members voted 4-2 Tuesday to authorize sending layoff notices to about 2,300 teachers, although the district superintendent said the notices might not necessarily be sent.

“It is strictly precautionary mainly, because I am trying to put pressure on Sacramento,” Superintendent Ramon Cortines said.

He vowed not to send any notices before the board’s next scheduled meeting in two weeks, adding the notices would be sent only if there were no other options to save the jobs.

The president of the teachers union condemned the vote, saying it was more than a bluff.

“It’s more than pressure,” said United Teachers Los Angeles President AJ Duffy. “No matter what Cortines said the reality is with Megan Reilly, the district chief financial officer, who has a budget based on laying off 2,200 teachers.”

Cutting education is no way to solve a budget crisis. Who is running this joint, and why haven’t they been fired?

12 thoughts on “BREAKING: LAUSD Votes to Send Layoff Notices to 2300 Teachers”

  1. I saw that on the 5am KAB7 news and just hadn’t had time to dig into the story.

    Very sad. Its not just LAUSD that is hurting. Every freaking district in the state as there is no money for the schools with the states tax revenue drying up.

    In my corner of LA our district is getting ready to shut down an entire elementary school because of the cuts last summer and now its looking even more dire.

    I’d rather see our schools bailed out first. They are our future.

  2. Who is running this joint, and why haven’t they been fired?

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature share equal blame with Admiral Brewer, the pathetic do-nothing superintendent who took home a $300,000 superintendent’s salary for 2.5 years in exchange for jack-shit in the results department until the board showed him the door last month.

    A heaping amount of responsiblity also goes to the selfish and irresponsible taxpayers who approved Prop. 13 and kneecapped the California economy’s ability to keep up with growth and inflation. It’s about time we repealed the damn thing.

    All I know is the parents at my kids’ school had to hold bake sales, auctions and fundraisers last year for six solid weeks to cover the salary of three crucial staffers that would have been laid off last spring – and barely made it. (Steve Lopez wrote it up, FWIW.)

    This spring, if we expect to keep the quality of the school up – and keep class sizes under 40 (yes, that’s in the cards) – we’ll have to do the same thing all over again – plus somehow scrape up enough to cover the salaries of however many more teachers will might be laid off if Cortines fails to get suction in Sacramento.

    And we live in Silver Lake, one of the wealthier neighborhoods in L.A. – Imagine what the impact will be on the vast majority of other school communities with neither the money nor the organization to staunch the flow of blood.

    This isn’t just another round of factory layoffs caused by an economic downturn affecting people who work at the factory.

    This is an amputation of opportunity for an entire generation of L.A. kids.

  3. admin…and if Prop 13 is repealed and taxes on our homes run out of control and we can’t afford it what do we do? Wipe out the entire middle class and make us homeless? I will put considerably more into fighting the repeal of 13 than I did into the No on 8 battle.

    13 came about as a result of people losing homes to taxes. Our problems lie largely with Sac and its inablility to keep spending within what it can afford. We’re what 5 months post budget deadline and they are still screwing around and drawing a salary? I say don’t pay them squat day one after a deadline until they have one that works. Why should they be paid and those they are responsible to are getting short changed, or worse laid off?

    What your analysis seems to forget is that everytime a home changes hands, or the mortgage there is an increase in taxes to market value. The run up in real estate prices has increased the tax base. Those of us in a home don’t get a tax reduction when bubbles burst yet the state continues to rake in the money based on an inflated rate.

    Its sad we as parents have to resort to all sorts of ways to raise funds to help our schools. Take a look at what I’ve posted here over the last year, in my little corner there is tons of things we’ve done to bolster our kids educational opportunities. We shouldn’t have to, and I keep wondering at what point does everyonedemand of their local congressman or rep to pissing money away on pork projects and take care of schools first.

    More importantly they don’t prioritize the money they do have. Infrastructure and schools should be the priority. The rest is fluff and needs to be scuttled if we aren’t getting an ROI back into the community.

  4. As someone currently taking classes to become a teacher, can anyone tell me a state I can move to where I might be appreciated? :(

  5. lezgull. NV and MO are treating their teachers really well. I have friends and fam in both states that are happy with how they are paid, work load etc.,. NV has the added bonus of NO state income tax. MO…well I’d never put it on the option list, been there, done that and completely over their miserable climate.

  6. thank you fraz. since i was born and raised in cali i dont think MO would ever work for me :).I have a sweatshirt on right now. I think its kinda warm judging by what everyone else is wearing

  7. Some adjustments to prop 13 are needed, a few tweaks for residential property and some major ones with commercial property.
    But any changes will not help in the short run. All us LAUSD parents will need to sell more candy, write more grants and beg local business for items we can then raffle/ “silent auction”. Some schools are lucky and can raise up to $100,000 per year the rest of us are happy if we get an additional $20,000.00 for these efforts (but us poorer school do get that extra low income/ Title One student and English Learner student money coming in) And we will still not have enough money to keep class size reasonable (last year my daughter was in a class of 15 kids, this year it is 20. Next year- it could be 40) have both vocal and instrumental music, art and a librarian

  8. Dorit…you have a school with vocal, instrumental music, art and a librarian? You don’t know how lucky you are compared to many.

    It is a sad day when schools are short changed. Its even sadder that we have to do so much that other states fund without question.

    I promise I won’t tirade on Prop 13 again.

  9. yes frazgo we are lucky. But to keep that luck, we- parents, teachers, students and adminstration- work very hard raising extra money and spending the “categorical funds” (money we get because we have some 90% low income and 50% “Engish learner” students) wisely. In the best of times its an up hill fight. In these times, I don’t know any school is going to be able to do it.

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