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Appeals Court Clears Way For LAUSD Teacher Layoffs

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state appeals court has refused to delay a settlement that would protect 45 of the lowest performing schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District from layoffs.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California says the Second District Court of Appeal denied the teachers union’s request Monday.

ACLU attorney Mark Rosenbaum says the decision is a victory for students at the troubled schools, which traditionally have high turnover of teachers. A last-hired, first-fired layoff policy has caused many untenured teachers at those schools to be the first to receive pink slips.

United Teachers Los Angeles says the decision means other schools will feel more impact from the next round of layoffs. Union president A.J. Duffy said the union would consider seeking a stay from the state Supreme Court.

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