LA judge blocks layoffs at 3 LAUSD middle schools

A Los Angeles judge issued an injunction today blocking layoffs at three Los Angeles Unified middle schools, where activists claimed proposed job cuts would unfairly impact low-income students, according
to the mayor's office and a court clerk.

The order by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Highberger affects teachers and staff at Gompers, Liechty and Markham middle schools.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and two law firms had filed the class action lawsuit in February asking a superior court judge to stop L.A. Unified from addressing its budget deficit by laying off teachers.

The school district dismissed some teachers with low seniority this year. The suit claims that decimated the teacher corps at schools in poorer neighborhoods.