LA School District cancels more layoffs

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The L.A. Unified School District announced Friday that it's canceling more than 500 planned layoffs. KPCC's Debra Baer reports.

Superintendent Ramon Cortines said that 505 employees the district had dismissed several months ago will be notified next week that they’ll still have jobs when the school year ends this month.

In mid-March, the district sent out nearly 9,000 layoff notices in anticipation of a massive budget deficit for the new school year.

An influx of federal stimulus money has improved the district’s budget outlook, enabling it to spare thousands of positions. In this latest round of layoff rescissions, Cortines credited savings from more than a thousand early retirements and the decisions of local school councils to use stimulus money to retain staff.

Twenty-five-hundred teachers and other employees are still on notice they’ll lose their jobs. Cortines urged them to apply for substitute teacher positions.

The president of the teachers’ union called the rescission announcement a public relations move. He continued to accuse the district of hoarding federal money instead of using as much as necessary to prevent teacher layoffs.