No teachers in the L.A. Unified School District will get pink slips for cash flow reasons this year.
Teachers across L.A. Unified have become accustomed to getting pink slips on March 15 — that’s when state law requires districts to notify teachers that they could be laid off.
Not every district employee is safe this year, though.
The district will also receive added funding in coming years because of better attendance and its “More Than a Meal” campaign, a push to increase applications to partake in the free-and-reduced lunch program, King said during Tuesday’s school board meeting. The state’s new school funding formula gives districts more money for low-income students.
"Not sending out layoff notices is the right decision for students,” Alex Caputo-Pearl, United Teachers Los Angeles president, said in an email statement. “This should also remind us of how important Proposition 30 was to allowing King and the board to make this decision, and it should encourage all of us to double down in ensuring that an extension of Proposition 30 is approved in the November 2016 election."
A 2012 state report found that districts across the state issue more layoff notices to teachers than they need to, in part because of the disconnect between the required layoff notice timeline and the state budget timeline. Districts have to send teachers final layoff notices by May 15, even though the state budget might not be passed until later.