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LA Unified to vote on how to close a nearly $400 million deficit

An LAUSD board meeting in February.
An LAUSD board meeting in February.
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LAUSD's seven-member board of education is meeting on Tuesday to debate and vote on how to close a nearly $400 million deficit for next fiscal year. Whatever members decide, it’s likely to mean layoffs.

Just last month, the school district predicted it would have to send out 5,500 preliminary pink slips to teachers. Now, it’s changed that number to 9,500 &mdash and the school district’s superintendent has given the board a deficit reduction plan with 33 district services targeted for reductions.

These include the adult education, gifted program, early childhood education, central office and transportation to after school programs.

Adult education, which serves hundreds of thousands of people, would suffer the biggest cut at $162 million.

The superintendent has proposed that the school board put a parcel tax on this November’s ballot to raise $225 million annually for LAUSD. Tomorrow’s budget vote is a sort of midpoint for the district’s budget.

Salary concession talks with district unions are ongoing and state ballot measures later this year could affect how much red ink school districts have to clean up in the fall.