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A student on his way to school walks past a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school, in Los Angeles, California on February 13, 2009. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has threatened to send layoff warnings to at least 20,000 state workers unless a budget agreement is reached Friday.
Hurricane Sandy may have brought one small benefit, the shutdown of government offices gave school districts around the country a few extra days to finish their applications for Race to the Top grants.
That's a federal competition for education funding. The awards are based on adhering to a set of reforms and total about $40 million for large districts, but it looks like Los Angeles public schools are out of the running.
The L.A. teachers union has decided not to sign off on the district's application.
Here to tell us more is KPCC's education reporter Tami Abdollah.