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LAUSD Budget Plan Approved: Worst-Case Scenario Cuts Depend On Union & Voters Now (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   Posted: 03/14/2012 2:27 pm

The Los Angeles Board of Education approved a worst-case-scenario budget-balancing plan Tuesday that would close all adult schools and cut hundreds of other programs.

If executed, the plan would eliminate some after-school programs, arts programs, early education centers, English-language learners programs, magnet and academic decathalon programs and eliminate some librarian jobs, the Daily News reports.

However, Superintendent John Deasy said that many of the programs could be saved through two scenarios.

The first is if the teachers' union agrees to give teachers up to four furlough days, CBS reports. However, teachers argue that furlough days mean leaving children without a teacher. Union president Warren Fletcher commented, "It is not fair to assume that the first solution for any problem is to go to the employees and have them make sacrifices."

The second scenario is if voters approve a $298-a-year parcel tax to go towards Los Angeles schools. The Board approved the tax 6 to 1 Tuesday and it will become law if two-third of voters approve it at the polls in November.

In response to the Miramonte scandal, the board also voted unanimously on two resolutions. The first seeks changes to state law to shorten the process for dismissing employees found to have engaged inappropriately with children and to prevent those employees from receiving pension and retirement benefits. The second will standardize the process of informing parents about sex abuse allegations.

Roughly 500 demonstrators, largely supporters of adult education, elementary arts and early childhood programs, protested the budget cuts outside of the board meeting, the Los Angeles Times reports.

One consensus between protestors, the teachers union and the district is that Sacramento, as board member Nury Martinez was quoted in a district press release, "needs to stop balancing their budget on the backs of our kids at LAUSD."

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Los Angeles Unified School District employees and supporters gather to protest deep program cuts as the school board sought ways to close a $390 million budget gap Tuesday March 13. 2012, in Los Angeles. Workers chanted "Save our schools" and other slogans outside LAUSD headquarters.The Los Angeles Unified school board on Tuesday approved plans to ask voters for a parcel tax and employees for salary cuts to close a $390 million budget gap as several hundred employees protested noisily outside district headquarters. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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