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LA Unified faces $557 million budget shortfall for 2012 and it may get worse



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L.A. Unified faces a $557 million budget shortfall for 2012, officials announced at a board meeting today. That's up from the previously estimated $543 million. LAUSD said it could lose more than 7,500 employees because of this.

Here are some quick numbers from the presentation:

Superintendent John Deasy told school board members that factors beyond their control complicate the decision on what to cut.

"There are initiatives from not only the governor, but other entities on a November ballot, attempting to solve the budget for which you have to make a decision next week," said Deasy.

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@latams).