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LAUSD school board to consider laying off nearly 200

Tami Abdollah / KPCC

The Los Angeles Unified School Board will take up whether to lay off 194 staff in the 2013-14 school year.

District officials haven’t released any specifics about the proposed cutbacks but UTLA president Warren Fletcher said the cuts target HHS (Health and Human Services) employees. That means schools will lose more psychologists, psychiatric social workers and counselors. Nearly 20 school librarians jobs are also on the chopping block.

“These RIFs (Reduction in Force) are unconscionable at the time when our students are most vulnerable," Fletcher said in a written statement. “In times of tragedy or dealing with everyday stresses, students need access to the invaluable services HHS employees provide on campus." 

The layoff notices would go out by March 15 and take effect June 30. School officials said they're motivated by a budget shortfall.

LAUSD employees opposed to the proposed cuts plan to rally before the school board vote “to demand that the school board immediately halt cuts to vital services for students.”

The measure is one of 51 items on the board's agenda Tuesday. Another: Superintendent John Deasy is asking the board to approve a $50 million project to supply every student and teacher with a tablet computer by 2014. 

The board will also vote to approve a new teacher evaluation system that would include data from state standardized tests.

KPCC will be live tweeting from the meeting.