Teachers union nixes LA Unified's $43M grant bid

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Unified teachers union has refused to sign the district’s application for a $43.3 million federal grant, scuttling the bid for the extra money.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that United Teachers Los Angeles President Warren Fletcher said the union did not sign off on the application for the Race to the Top grant because it may have committed the district to programs that cost more than the cash provided.

Fletcher says that could have led to more teacher layoffs and program cuts.

Superintendent John Deasy says the money would have gone to programs already under way in 35 low performing middle and high schools. Deasy says he’s disappointed at the union’s stance.

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