L.A. Unified to Send Layoff Notices to Hundreds of Teachers

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L.A. schools Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines is shown in a 2015 photo. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Hundreds of teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District will receive layoff notices this month under a budget plan approved Tuesday by the Board of Education.

The vote does not necessarily mean that the teachers will lose their jobs, but it allows L.A. Unified the option of releasing the instructors if needed. Instructors and other employees with teaching credentials have to be notified by law of a possible layoff by March 15.

The letters to about 600 employees come during contract negotiations with the teachers union. The district, which has a general fund budget of about $6.2 billion, still is developing its spending plan for next year, which will depend on revenue from the state.

Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said that the state has slashed funding for adult education and the district can no longer afford many of these programs for adults, even though they have tremendous value. The adult education division already has suffered substantial cuts in recent years.

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