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Teacher Hanriette Akoopians, from Limerick Elementary School, shows her protest sign during an education budget cuts rally and protest at Pershing Square on May 13, 2011 in downtown Los Angeles, California.
With $450 million in cuts to make and everyone unhappy about what’s being trimmed, today’s Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education meeting is bound to be packed. The Los Angeles Times reports that targets for cuts so far include the adult education program, preschool programs, elementary art, summer school, and thousands of staff. Layoff-warning notices are also said to be pending for teachers. Superintendent John Deasy has made it clear that he’s unhappy about cutting anything, period, but that at this point it’s a matter of deciding on the District’s education priorities: younger students learning to read and write and calculate for the first time versus adults returning to school for English or vocational training. Some hold out hope that programs that are zeroed out in this budget (like adult education) might still receive funds later on; others say not to hold your breath. Join Patt for an update with KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.
If the budget passes, what effects will the cuts have on your family?
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, reporter for KPCC