LA school board OKs $12B budget, layoffs

The Los Angeles school board has approved a $12 billion budget for the next school year that calls for nearly 3,000 layoffs, mostly non-classroom personnel such as custodians and library aides.

The board approved the budget on Tuesday.

Under state law, the district is also required to submit budgets for the following two years, but Superintendent Ramon Cortines says the district is facing a $263 million shortfall and he can't submit a three-year balanced budget to county education officials because of uncertain state funding. It is unclear what will happen to the district for failing to submit those plans.

Several hundred district workers rallied outside the meeting to protest the cuts.

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