LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles schools superintendent says the district faces a $268 million budget deficit for the next academic year that could affect up to 3,300 jobs.
Superintendent Ramon Cortines said in a statement Tuesday that he proposes partially covering the shortfall by using $103 million in federal jobs funding and reducing expenses by $5 million at central headquarters and district offices.
The rest will have to come from employee givebacks. Cortines says the district will discuss several options with unions to avoid layoffs: pay cuts, seven furlough days, or a combination of furloughs and salary freezes.
He notes the deficit could widen if the district loses special education and other federal funding for low income students.
(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
for more features.