LAUSD Finalizes Budget Plan To Avoid Cuts Of Teachers, School Programs

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles Unified School District board approved a budget-balancing plan Tuesday that would save the majority of school programs if furlough and salary agreements can be reached with labor unions and if voters support a $298 parcel tax.

“Our class sizes, our counselors, our nurses, it provides a portion of adult ed., it provides a portion of early childhood, it provides also support for our police,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy.

The plan would save for the time being adult education classes, early childhood classes and would mean no increase in class size for grades 6, 7 and 8.

Superintendent Deasy said that more could be saved if the teacher’s union agrees to a pay cut in the form of furloughs of up to four days per teacher.

“We have been taking furloughs and it’s leaving the children without someone to teach them that day,” said teacher Rachel Vasquez

“It is not fair to assume that the first solution for any problem is to go to the employees and have them make sacrifices,” said Warren Fletcher, UTLA President.

The superintendent said even more could be saved if L.A. voters approve a $298 parcel tax come November — an idea that voters have said no to before.

“Everything is a hard sell in California; no one actually wants to fund public education. And that’s why we’re going to produce a revenue stream that Sacramento cannot cut,” Deasy said.

One thing Deasy would like to cut is the number of district layoffs.

Already 11,000 layoff slips have gone out, but that number could be slashed if state funding is finalized.

Those numbers would come from the governor’s office by May.

Deasy said that the finalized plan is just a bandage over a wound and that if more money is not brought in, the 2013-14 school year could also be in jeopardy.

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  • john

    The superintendent is a weasel. One hand doesn’t know what the other hand is doing, and never will.


      john, note my use of quotation marks do you know what they signify, pu$$y dumbf**k? I doubt it. Okay, you’ve more than confirmed d!ckbrain pu$$y dumbf**k, crawl back on your daddy.

  • null

    Furloughs ? How cynical can they get.

    Almost every employee there could easily afford to be paid less for the same work.

  • Sebastian

    During tough times, cuts on all levels and branches are inevitable. People need to accept the fact that paychecks will have to be reduce to avoid layoffs. If you try to fight for the amount on your paycheck then you might end up with no paycheck.

    Yes, you have bills to pay, mortgage/rent, food to purchase, etc, etc. It is time to start slashing your expenses. Don’t buy food that is not necessary. A month of eating less will not kill you. Cutting your fancy cable plan, stop renting movies or eating out will reduce your expenses.

    Are you afraid of not have “a life” because you cannot afford to buy things that you have been used to for years? You better do it if you want to save your job. Receiving a smaller paycheck is better than no paycheck at all.

    Did you know that 50% of your household expenses can be avoided? You can reduce your food expenses by half if you know how to eat healthy food. Cut your gasoline expense by 35% by avoiding unnecessary trips. Walk, ride the bus or bike on trips that you are not really in a hurry.

    Back in the 1960’s and earlier, people did not have a lot of things that we are used to now. Even without these things, people then lived better lives than us.

    Protect your job…learn to sacrifice…accept painful change….be creative and flexible. Survive.

    • Peoples Voice

      It was decades of poor management by administration that caused this mess…To roll over and pee on yourself like a scared puppy does nothing but bolster their idiocy and give them a free pass to continue to wreck the system knowing they will not be questioned and will get what they want.

      With fierce objection will come a review of current practices, with torches and pitch-forks pounding on the castles gate will come change….But to cower and grab your ankles, as you suggest, is to condone incompetence with no end.

      That may be ok with you, but the rest of hard working America that have warned of these consequences for DECADES and of whom were ignored will not pay for this….

      • Tommy

        What I mentioned is just reality. If you will notice, the first thing that you blamed on this crisis is poor management by the administration. Has there ever been a perfect administration? The fact of the matter is, there are a lot of wasteful spending on schools that can be avoided.

        Why don’t you go touch some nerves by pointing to obvious facts. How many children of illegal aliens is the tax payers sending to school? How many free lunches are being given out there to students whose parents are able to pay? How many supplies are being wasted by teachers and school workers every year?

        Lets go to another nerve. How many school personnel are really overpaid and doing very little? Speech pathologists are overpaid school personnel that don’t do much but get paid a lot. Many of them are lazy.

        School psychologists is one of these lazy school personnel that wants to get paid but really don’t care about helping students.

        Teacher’s pensions is another hot nerve because tax payers are paying too generous on the pensions of these teachers, administrations, etc.

        You say that hard working Americans have known of this problem for decades? They why didn’t anybody have the bravery to do drastic reforms? Because people don’t really care because as long as they get their handsome paychecks, they look the other way! They don’t want to rock the boat and be the reformer.

        Nobody is an honest reformer nowadays. Everybody are just whiners and free loaders. Stop complaining and start reforming!

      • EnoughIsEnough

        Peoples Voice is right on the mark. Fear and loathing are the prime objectives to further weaken everyone. It’s time to cut extraneous programs, good programs all, but that only benefit a few. Adult education can be handled in the community college program, and LAUSD’s free day care, passing itself off as education, should be paid by the parents of these children. It’s long been time for back to basics and that is the education of K-12 period. If a student wasted his opportunity for a free education while a minor, it’s time for that person to pay for his mistake by forking over tuition. Leave the poor teachers salaries, such that they are, alone and no more furlough days. Yes, we can!

  • Peoples Voice

    Mr. Deasy says “no one actually wants to fund public education”…Correction, no one wants to fund a bloated, high-salary FAILED administration. People don’t want to bleed more money for one of the worst school systems in the country. No one wants to pay for “adults” to get a free education after they pi$$ed away 18 years of “free”. No one wants to pay for “early childhood” which is a fancy term for “baby sitting” No one wants to pay for an out-of-control system that CONDONES illegal immigration which has BROKEN our educational system’s bank. That’s YOUR problem that YOU created against our decades of objections, don’t make it ours thank you very much.

    This is what you get when you live in a fantasy world..welcome to the reality that we’ve been warning you about…But please, don’t act surprised.

    • Whiskey…Tango…Foxtrot

      WELL SAID!!!

    • EnoughIsEnough

      You wrote what I am thinking. It’s high time “some” people learn what the word “self-responsibility” means. No more tax money from me for people who aren’t supposed to be here in the first place, or to those, while legal, who wasted their free education gift when they had it. The tax sow’s tit is empty and has grown cold.

  • jsguofo

    Why doesn’t Mr. Deasy and all those big wigs offer to take a pay cut? I have yet to see that mentioned or them offering. What a bunch of snakes!

  • Jason

    If a parcel tax increase is on the ballot, then only property owners should vote on this issue.We hear the “Mantra” about “Fairness” from Pres Obama.
    It’s “Not Fair” to vote on property tax increase if you are not a property owner.

    How about parents pay for their own children’s education. Now that’s “Fair.”

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  • charlie

    How much of the $ 298.00 parcel tax is going to the school ? and how much of it is going to the court for all the upcoming molestation law suits vs. LAUSD ?

  • FFL

    More of the obama zombies and moonbat supporters at work..

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