The hearings, at which employees can question their terminations, started Monday morning and will last into May.
The nation’s second-largest school district sent layoff notices last month to some 5,000 teachers and other staff as it struggles to close a projected $408 million budget shortfall for the 2011-12 academic year.
Administrators say the number of layoff notices reflects a worst-case scenario because state funding has not been finalized.
Spokeswoman Marla Eby of the union United Teachers Los Angeles says many affected employees are arts, music and drama teachers and teachers in magnet programs.
The district must finalize the number of layoffs in June.
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