LA district plans to cut 200 special ed classes

The Los Angeles Unified School District plans to eliminate 200 special education classes, close one specialized campus and order cutbacks at others.

It is part of a broad plan to make up a $640 million deficit at the nation's second largest school district. Officials also expect hundreds of layoffs, increased class sizes, closed libraries, reduced busing and fewer art and music programs.

Opponents have launched a campaign against the plan. They have enlisted the help of actor Ed Asner, whose grandson is enrolled in a special education program.

Records show about 13 percent of the district's 618,000 students have a disability.

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