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L.A. school board rescinds teacher layoff notices for nearly 2,000

April 14, 2009 |  3:05 pm

Teachers protesting their RIF notices hold red placards with tombstones prior to the special board meeting at the LAUSD headquarters in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Board of Education has just approved the easier of two key proposals it is scheduled to take up: It has formally rescinded layoff notices to nearly 2,000 tenured teachers.

The school board still faces the tougher call about whether to approve measures expected to result in more than 5,000 employees losing their jobs.

At this hour, board members are listening to entreaties from teachers, parents, union leaders and others who are imploring them to find another way to close a budget deficit of $596.1 million for next year.

Among the most impassioned voices was that of former school board member Jackie Goldberg, who had to approve an earlier generation of massive budget cuts in the early 1990s.

"If I could do it again, I would not have done what I did," she said. "I am asking you to be audacious. I am asking you to be irresponsible."

Goldberg said the district once had the finest music program in the country, and it never came back.

-- Howard Blume

Photo: Teachers hold red placards with tombstones to protest layoff notices before the special board meeting at L.A. Unified headquarters in Los Angeles. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times