LAUSD to file lawsuit to block cuts to school busing budgets

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At its scheduled board meeting, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy announced the district will file a lawsuit to block the midyear funding cuts the state of California announced Tuesday. Deasy made the announcement less than two hours after Gov. Jerry Brown revealed that public school busing budgets would bear the brunt of funding cuts.

"We will file this lawsuit," said Deasy at Tuesday's school board meeting. "We will continue to move forward aggressively with litigation to prevent what we consider a twin constitutional violation for the youth in Los Angeles."

Deasy believes L.A. Unified would violate a federal desegregation order and a special education busing requirement if it cut bus transportation. He also said that cuts would mean the end of voluntary busing to scores of magnet schools.

Jill Wynns, president of the California School Boards Association, told the Sacramento Bee that districts would find other parts of their budgets to cut before they eliminate money. LAUSD is mandated by federal law to provide transportation for special needs students.

Around 13,000 students with disabilities receive busing — as do 35,000 students at magnet elementary and high schools.

Gov. Brown announced Tuesday morning that nearly $1 billion in trigger cuts will go through in January.