From The Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles school district officials are moving forward with plans to lay off more than 5,000 teachers, counselors, custodians, clerks and other employees, but the battle over funding will rage on for weeks--affecting who goes, who stays and what schools and classrooms will look like for students next year. The school board's 4-3 vote closed most of a $596.1 million deficit for next year. No one expects every employee that receives a layoff notice to be terminated, and most observers believe the budget plan will evolve, perhaps considerably. The board action applies to about 3,500 newer teachers who have yet to earn tenure protections as well as administrators, nursing staff, library aides, computer programmers and others.
FOLLOWUP: From The Los Angeles Times: Sweeping budget cuts approved this week by the Los Angeles Unified School District could hit especially hard at school campuses under control of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Seven of the 10 campuses could lose their first-year principals, more than three-fourths of assistant principals and more than 20 percent of teachers.