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More California school districts edging closer to insolvency, state says

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    A GENERALIZED PROBLEM REQUIRES A UNIFIED RESPONSE http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-school-finances-20100630,0,2651372.story More California school
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      A GENERALIZED PROBLEM REQUIRES A UNIFIED RESPONSE


      http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-school-finances-20100630,0,2651372.story
      More California school districts edging closer to insolvency, state says
      An immediate effect has been increased teacher layoffs. Fourteen districts in
      the state are classified as in especially dire condition, including Lynwood
      Unified School District in Los Angeles County.
      By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
      June 30, 2010
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      An increasing number of California school districts are edging closer to
      financial insolvency, state officials reported Tuesday.

      One immediate effect has been teacher layoffs — probably in the thousands,
      although neither state officials nor the California Teachers Assn. have final
      numbers.

      Since the beginning of 2010, the number of school systems that may be "unable to
      meet future financial obligations" has increased by 38%, according to the state
      Department of Education.



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      "Schools on this list are now forced to make terrible decisions to cut programs
      and services that students need or face bankruptcy," said state Supt. of Public
      Instruction Jack O'Connell.

      Of the state's 1,077 school districts, 14 are classified as in especially dire
      condition. They are unlikely to avoid bankruptcy based on their current approved
      budgets. L.A. County has one such system, the Lynwood Unified School District,
      officials said. Other districts in this category include Hayward Unified in
      Alameda County, Vallejo City Unified in Solano County and Natomas Unified in
      Sacramento County.

      An additional 160 school systems have a "qualified" financial outlook, meaning
      that they are at risk although probably not in danger of immediate bankruptcy.
      L.A. County districts in that situation include L.A. Unified, Burbank Unified,
      Culver City Unified, Glendale Unified, Inglewood Unified, Montebello Unified,
      Norwalk- La Mirada Unified, Pomona Unified, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified and
      South Pasadena Unified.

      About 26,000 teachers were notified in March that they might be laid off,
      according to data collected by the California Teachers Assn. At least 9,000 of
      those notices have been rescinded so far. Last year also brought teacher
      layoffs, leading to a decline of about 15,000 in the union's membership. The
      state has about 300,000 teachers.

      Non-teaching employees also have been hit hard. Thousands have lost jobs in Los
      Angeles Unified alone. Many of those still working have experienced pay cuts,
      while students have to deal with larger classes, a shorter school year and
      decreased services.

      The education portion of the current budget proposal by Gov. Arnold
      Schwarzenegger could result in additional layoffs, although other sectors of
      governments have faced even steeper cuts.

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