LA Unified nixes furloughs to restore school year
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Unified board of education has rescinded 10 furlough days to restore the district’s full 180-day academic year.
The board unanimously approved Superintendent John Deasy’s request at its meeting Tuesday.
Deasy says that with voters’ approval of Proposition 30, the district staved off a $255 million funding cut, allowing the nation’s second-largest district to fulfill the state-mandated instructional calendar.
The initiative called for a quarter-cent sales tax hike and higher income taxes on the wealthy to fund public education.
Nevertheless, Deasy notes that the district still faces possible federal funding cuts.
Warren Fletcher, president of teachers union United Teachers Los Angeles, hails the move to cancel the furloughs and notes it would be the district’s first full school year since 2008.