LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles Unified School District plans to file a lawsuit Wednesday in hopes of blocking $38 million in cuts to the district’s transportation program.

The cuts are part of a new budget plan announced Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, who says state revenue fell $2.2 billion short of projections, triggering cuts to education and social service programs.

“They’re not good,” Brown said of the cuts. “It’s not the way we’d like to run California, but we have to live within our means.”

The governor announced about $1 billion in spending cuts, far short of the $2.4 billion in cutbacks that were envisioned under a summer budget agreement. The cuts will take effect on or after Jan. 1.

While K-12 education was spared any massive cuts, the governor announced a $248 million cut in the school transportation budget — a cut that LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said would be too steep for the district to absorb.

“LAUSD cannot withstand further budget cuts without adversely impacting the educational benefits offered to its students,” he said. “We stand with our students to say enough is enough.”

Deasy said the district cannot just terminate its school bus program, since the majority of the services were mandated under a 1981 court order requiring desegregation programs, including the busing of about 35,000 students. He noted that state and federal law also requires the district to provide transportation to 13,000 other students with special needs.

“Due to the combined mandates, the trigger cuts force the district to choose between two illegal and unconstitutional outcomes,” Deasy said. “It must either terminate its transportation services in direct violation of the … court order — and state and federal law — or divert precious classroom dollars from its general fund to pay for the required transportation services.”

Roughly $100 million in funding to the California State University and University of California systems will also be slashed.

Comments (11)
  1. Whisky…Tango… Foxtrot says:

    My GOD! LAUSD is still busing students? Why? Every school in LAUSD scores below the national average and is operated by incompetent teachers and child molesters that can’t be fired because of the Teachers Union.

  2. lake mead diver says:

    couldn’t happen to a better bunch. this is what you get for supporting and voting for the guy. Jerry should scale back on education since there are no jobs avaiable lfor those who do graduate. . .

  3. you cant fix stupid says:

    Let see if I get this right. No jobs more taxes massive budget cuts, corrupt politicians… but you can get free medical no matter who you are.. You can go to school and get a free education. Illegals can get free scholarships and grants… We will take away all your rights and tax the hell out of you.

    Yup must be California

  4. OH, K says:

    HurrY uP & DO IT!!!! CuT, cuT CUT so We can moVe oN

  5. joe says:

    They want to give money to illegal aliens so that they can go to college? How about the citizens of this country like the employees of LAUSD? They are not illegals but their funds are being cut. Does this means that those money taken off from LAUSD is being used to pay the tuition of illegal aliens?

    1. Erin says:


      C.A. will always (I repeat) always be a pro-immigrant state. If you don’t want your tax dollars going to illegals then you need to move out of C.A. because you do not have the power to dictate where your tax dollars should be spent. All people can do is vent. LAUSD and Ralphs employees must be some of the biggest whiners around. Whine, whine, whine…LOL

      1. VES says:

        No. There is a difference between pro-immigrant and pro-illegal immigrant. I have no problem with legal immigration. Joe does not have to move out of state. All it takes is more people like Joe to come together to form a citizen group, saying enough is enough. Most politicians are cowards. They will act when people’s voice are getting louder and louder. There is a citizen’s initiative called STOP AB 131 “Repeal the Dream Act”. Make sure you sign the petition if you don’t like the law signed by Brown earlier this year. If more responsible people speak up and act, we can reverse the slide of this state. We have to do our part to make sure the corrupted politicians in Sacramento won’t bankrupt our state.

  6. Wake Up! says:

    My husband is in transportation at a different school district. He’s already endured a significant pay cut. He will most likely lose his job. Even with me working full time, we barely make it. It’s time to pack up and leave this sh!thole of a state. Thanks, Moonbeam!

  7. Roque Burio Jr says:

    From Roque Burio Jr. the ugly duckling and the branded lemon that can dance but can also sing: Here is my song for the lies of LAUSD that busing is earnestly needed by students and hence the district had to make a show of suing the State of California. Busing is one way that this dismayingly failing School District could justify its costly but useless and wasteful expenses since there are many schools around the residence of students—which are called Home schools. The LAUSD had the habit of shuffling students to different and farther schools to justify busing. This expensive habit of this dismayingly failing LAUSD has to be changed to cope with present economic crisis.
    I really do not think that this failing LAUSD particularly the general counsel David Holmquist could ever justify enrolling students in schools so far from their homes when there are not a few schools closer and some walking distances from their homes. This will be the day when LAUSD will, have to explain its costly, useless and wasteful way of delivering education to students.
    I am really so excited to see in Superior Court Mr. Holmquist and his lawyers argue in their complaint against the State of California. I really do not think that LAUSD and Mr. David Holmquist could ever win their case against the State of California. Governor Brown is waiting.

  8. Roque burio Jr. says:

    From Roque Burio Jr. the ugly duckling and the branded lemon who can dance but can also sing; Here is my revealing song about the spoiled kids: The LAUSD and particularly its superintendent Mr. Deasy and General Counsel Holmquist are like some kind of spoiled kids who could not understand the difficult economic situation they are in and would sue in Superior Court their daddy the State of California that can no longer afford their extravagant and unexplained shuffling of students residing in the valley to special schools in the city of LA , and those students residing in the city of LA are shuffled to the valley special schools to justify their unquenchable thirst for more money allowance.
    I think the Court should ask these spoiled kids why they shuffled students to special schools in distant places outside their residence. Daddy Brown should teach these kids some discipline in extravagant spending of tax payers’ money. Daddy Brown should spank their… you know what!

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