LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles schools may have to abandon a plan to protect inner-city schools from massive teacher layoffs.
An agreement reached with civil rights lawyers two years ago allowed the Los Angeles Unified School District to bypass seniority when laying off teachers at 45 low-performing schools. Critics argued that the layoffs stripped inner-city campuses that had large numbers of new teachers.
However, the teachers’ union objected and an appellate court invalidated the exemption. On Wednesday, California’s Supreme Court refused to overturn that ruling. The issue now goes back to Superior Court.
District Superintendent John Deasy tells Daily News of Los Angeles he’s disappointed but looks forward to the lower court trial.