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L.A. school board approves huge budget cuts

June 23, 2009 |  4:23 pm

The L.A. Unified School Board approved a budget this afternoon that includes nearly $1.6 billion in potential cuts over the next three years.

The budget includes nearly $132 million in cuts for the district’s current fiscal year and about $143 million for the next year, and will result in less transportation, larger class sizes and layoffs.

The measure passed by a 5-2 vote, with board members Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte and Julie Korenstein voting against it.

Protesters had gathering at L.A. Unified headquarters to voice their displeasure over the school district’s budget.

Unified officials have already slashed almost $570 million from this year’s books, stopped offering most summer school classes and issued preliminary layoff notices to nearly 2,200 teachers in an attempt to balance the budget.

Protesters, including parents and district staff as well as union officials, have urged the district to preserve class size and not lay off teachers by focusing cuts away from school sites and using more federal stimulus money.

-- Jason Song at LAUSD Headquarters