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LAUSD teacher layoffs threatened

January 6, 2009 |  5:04 pm

Scores of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers could face midyear layoffs, officials said Tuesday.

The dire scenario could result if the state Legislature cannot raise revenue to close part of the current year's state budget deficit, L.A. schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said at an afternoon news conference.

Those at risk would be the more than 2,000 probationary teachers who have taught for less than two years and lack tenure rights.

Cortines characterized such a move as a last resort, and pledged to dismiss as few teachers as possible if that becomes necessary.

"We will be bankrupt if I do not do this," he said of the need to cut at least $250 million from this year’s budget.

—Jason Song and Howard Blume