Sunday, November 15, 2009


Stuart Goldurs, LA Public Education Examiner |

November 15, 7:33 AM -- On Friday, November 13, 2009, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines told District unions that all employees must take four furlough days and a 12% pay cut during the next school year.

Or else!

If these concessions are not agreed to the District would have to lay off from 7,500 to 8,500 employees. “The news of more cuts comes just months after LAUSD eliminated more than 5,000 jobs - 2,000 teachers, 400 counselors and an estimated 2,800 nonteaching school workers to cover a $596 million deficit.”

I have been searching the Internet for a LAUSD line budget so I could so where the money should be cut first. Nothing is available.

smf: check out the following – though I do agree that the FINAL budget as approved by the Bd of Ed and presented to the LA County Office of Ed SHOULD be available on both the LAUSD and LACOE websites! Supt. Brewer assured his CAT Team that LAUSD’s budget and checkbook register would be posted online as they are in Districts such as Houston and Miami; CFO Megan Riley has said she sees no problem with this.

I have located the addresses of the nine local District offices. How many are rentals? They should be moved to schools to save money.

Once again, we do not know how many administrators and other employees from outside the schools have retired, have returned to campuses, or have been laid off.

Once again, we do not know what departments have been eliminated.

Once again, we do not know whether any worthless programs have ended.

Once again, we do not know whether any positions have been eliminated as people retire.

Once again, we do not know where the public tax dollars are going and whether the vast majority are going to the schools.

At the schools we do know that class sizes have increased while clerical time, assistant principal time, custodial time, district support time, supplies, and much more have decreased.

Outside of the schools we know nothing!

  • Goldurs has been a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 28 years

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