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L.A. Unified board approves layoff notices

March 2, 2010 |  4:17 pm

The Los Angeles school board voted Tuesday to send about 5,200 preliminary layoff notices to teachers and other employees because of a large budget deficit.

The school district is facing a $640-million shortfall and officials have proposed shortening the school year, mandated furlough days for some employees, and asked union leadership to make salary concessions in efforts to cut costs.

The unanimous vote affects about 2,300 teachers. Final layoff notices could be issued during the summer.

-- Jason Song reporting from Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters