LAUSD makes deals to solve its deficit

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A lot of things happening in Los Angeles Unified and South Pasadena Unified that mirror what’s happening, or will happen, in our own backyard.

Glendale and Burbank Board of Education members could follow South Pasadena, and other neighboring districts’ lead, in asking for a parcel tax.

If they do, here’s hoping they don’t make the same mistake as South Pasadena officials, who now must spend $15,000 unrestricted money to get the tax in the books of the Los Angeles County assessors office, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Glendale and Burbank education officials must also choose between cutting deals with their employees or layoffs. A deal was struck with LAUSD officials and some of their unionized employees, however none of them were teachers, which in Glendale’s and Burbank’s case, are the most influential union.

About 20,000 cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other support workers agreed to furlough days, which will save about $7.7 million for the district, according to union officials in the Times.

District officials also asked its union to accept a future 12% pay cut to in the face of this year’s $60-million shortfall and a forecasted $480-million deficit next year, the Times reports.

L.A. is making deals. In Glendale, not so much.


Written by Max Zimbert

November 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm

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