Long Beach Unified moves forward with more teacher layoffs

The Long Beach Unified school board voted Monday to send layoff notices to more than 350 district employees by the end of this week.

The Long Beach school board approved the layoffs days after an administrative law judge dismissed a teachers union challenge to the layoffs. The district would have let more go, but the teachers union agreed to five unpaid days off next school year so it could save 200 teacher jobs.

School board member Jon Meyer said the layoffs will mean larger class sizes. "At our K-3 level, we’ve been 20 to 1, the worst at many schools will be 25 to 1, and in many of our schools will continue to fund 20 to 1 because of federal funding."

Meyer and other school district advocates failed to convince enough Long Beach voters late last year to approve a parcel tax for the schools.

Federal money may arrive next spring to save several dozen jobs, Meyer said, and a state senate bill could allow Long Beach Unified administrators to pay for classroom needs with some restricted funds.