LA school board passes $6.2 billion budget

Deasy walks campus

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Superintendent John Deasy makes a surprise visit to Dorsey High School and talks with a student about a geometry warmup problem.

The Los Angeles school board has passed a $6.2 billion budget for the next school year that doesn't include steep cuts and layoffs for the first time in five years.

An additional $200 million in state funding from a sales tax hike helped the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to the L.A. Daily News.

The budget passed Tuesday is for the 2013-2014 school year.

Last year's budget called for thousands of layoffs and a shortened school year, although many of the cuts were later avoided.

The school board also voted Tuesday to approve $30 million to purchase Apple iPads.

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