The latest round of Los Angeles Unified School District layoff notices informed 7000 employees,including nearly 4,500 teachers,that they may lose their jobs in June.
The Los Angeles Unified School District continues to grapple with a $408 million budget deficit. In the latest round of layoff notices, more than 7,300 employees -- including nearly 4,500 teachers -- received Reduction In Force notices, commonly known as pink slips.
NBC LA told the story of two music teachers at Walter Reed Middle-School who received pink slips just days after winning a prestigious "Bravo Award" from the Los Angeles Music Center. In June all pink-slipped teachers will receive final word on whether they will indeed be laid off. The education code dictates that most of the layoffs will be based on seniority.
California's per-pupil spending ranks 47th nationwide.
As part of our ongoing coverage of the education crisis in Los Angeles, NBC LA spoke with representatives of LAUSD and the Los Angeles Teacher's Union about how the layoff decisions are made.