Some L.A. Teachers Get a Reprieve from Ax
L.A. school superindendant Ray Cortines announced today that the LAUSD is rescinding layoff notices for 505 teachers. The breakdown, according to the L.A. Daily News, includes "271 non-permanent, secondary English teachers; 114 non-permanent, secondary social studies teachers; and 120 non-permanent, secondary counselors."
The announcement brings little cheer, however, to United Teachers L.A., the teachers union. UTLA greeted the news with a press-released shrug:
"The decrease from an initial announcement of 6,000 UTLA member layoffs to the current 2,500," the union statement said, "represents some progress but there is clearly a long way to go."
The union and school board continue to clash over how to spend stimulus-package funds, with LAUSD preferring to spread out the money to cover expenses over the next two years, while UTLA is calling for it to be spent immediately to save as many member jobs as possible and to avoid expanding classroom sizes.