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School Board Considers Eliminating 1,300 Jobs

Facing its biggest financial crisis in a decade, the Los Angeles school board is considering eliminating 1,300 positions--including more than 600 teaching jobs--as it tries to trim $220 million from next year’s budget.

The board already has approved $119 million in cuts, including eliminating 635 clerical and administrative jobs.

But the district’s chief financial officer, Robert Booker, said another $101 million in cuts are needed to meet state requirements. Booker blamed the shortfall on lower-than-expected revenue from the state, sharply rising program costs and the 8% salary increase the board gave to nearly every employee.

The board will hold public hearings on the proposed cuts next week and vote on the cuts in two weeks.

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