L.A. Unified approves record $20-billion budget for upcoming academic year

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L.A. school board member George McKenna, left, successfully opposed further cuts to the school police as the Board of Education on Tuesday approved a record $20-billion budget proposed by Supt. Austin Beutner, right, and his senior staff.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

L.A. school board member George McKenna, left, successfully opposed further cuts to the school police as the Board of Education on Tuesday approved a record $20-billion budget proposed by Supt. Austin Beutner, right, and his senior staff.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Board of Education late Tuesday approved a record $20-billion budget for the upcoming academic year — a massive influx of funding made possible by two unprecedented occurrences: pandemic relief money and record state tax revenues.

How specifically that money is spent on a school level will play out in months ahead, but the budget will include the projected hiring of thousands of new employees in a school system where students have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, with their grades dropping and their mental health suffering.

The budget has been boosted by about $5.5 billion in state and federal pandemic relief plus rising ongoing revenues, although that funding will be spread out over multiple years.

Details of the recovery plan were presented in a previous meeting, where officials laid out a strategy to hire 930 psychologists and psychiatric social workers, an increase of more than 80%; 2,190 teachers, an increase of 8%; and 770 custodial workers, a 25% increase. And these numbers don’t include additional hiring expected to take place in after-school and summer enrichment programs.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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