LA Schools Warns 7,300 Workers of Possible Layoff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles school district says that as many as 7,300 employees could be laid off in the upcoming school year in an effort to close a $408 million budget gap.

The board has voted to send warning notices to some 5,100 teachers, nurses and counselors and some 2,200 administrators that
their jobs could be lost effective June 30.

The cuts will be enacted unless the nation's second-largest school district does not find other funding for the 2011-12 school year.

The exact number of layoffs in the district will not be known until a June vote on several statewide measures designed to boost
state revenue.

The number will also be affected by the conclusion of negotiations over givebacks with unions. Items under discussion include furloughs and passing on more health care costs to employees.

A union spokesman says the board needs to stand with its workers and refuse to lay off more employees.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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