LA school board contemplates up to 5,000 layoffs

The Los Angeles school board is set to vote on authorizing layoff warning notices for more than 5,000 employees, including 4,000 teachers, in a bid to close a $408 million budget deficit for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The board will vote Tuesday on the warning notices, which by state law must be sent by March 15. The notices do not mean that all employees who receive them will lose their jobs on June 30.

The exact number of layoffs will depend on whether voters approve state budget balancing measures on the ballot in June.

Teachers union president AJ Duffy says the district must examine other areas of waste and excess before slashing teachers.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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