LAUSD Board Delays Vote on Budget
Board members expressed serious concerns about making important budget decisions without accurate information from Sacramento, so they voted to delay decisionis until the next board meeting on April 14th. Superintendent Cortines made mention in an interview with NBC that he is tired of the Board making decisions based on getting "hundreds of emails convincing them to vote a certain way". Apparently all the phone calls and emails expressing our concerns have been heard by the Board.
We respectfully disagree with Mr. Cortines' decision not to use a greater portion of the stimulus money in 09-10 to stave off layoffs. Below are some areas readers have suggested be cut before teachers are fired:
1. ROTC Program
2. LEAD program
3. World Language program
4. Beyond the Bell
Readers have also encouraged the consideration of furlough days and/or pay cuts. Some have even said they would not mind paying a higher medical co-pay if it means saving jobs.
Teachers in LA Academy and other South Central schools have received enormous community support and we want to thank you for recognizing that the most disenfranchised students are the ones who will suffer most from the proposed cuts and layoffs.