Board of Education Approves Budget by 6-1 Vote

LOS ANGELES (June 28, 2012) - The Board of Education of the Los Angeles Unified School District today approved the 2012-13 budget by a 6 to 1 vote that fully funds afterschool programs, and provides partial funding for adult education and early childhood education.

The $6.03 billion budget closed a $390 million deficit that the District faced going into a new school year. Since 2008-09, the District has faced a cumulative $2.7 billion deficit, mostly resulting from reductions in state funding. At the same time, test scores and achievement have been rising steadily.

Superintendent John Deasy and other board members credited organized teachers and employees for choosing to cut their salaries by working fewer days, allowing the District to reduce spending significantly. Moreover, the agreements preserved more than 6,200 jobs, according to District figures.

"This budget is only possible because of a set of shared sacrifices with our labor partners," said Superintendent John Deasy.

Board President Mónica García said: “I want to express the sadness of approving a budget that has less dollars and does the best we can to serve children well in a difficult time, but does not really honor the promise of what we have said we want for our children.”

"These budget cuts are real, and they are deep,” said Board Member Tamar Galatzan. “They affect every student, in every school in this district. But through hard work and negotiations, we have managed to shield many of LAUSD's core programs with the budget we passed today."

Board member Steve Zimmer added: “We’re here today because our school family is willing to sacrifice again so that we can be more whole. We all believe in public education and believe in kids and the ideals of serving every kid who comes through the door, and they can’t be victims of a crisis they didn’t create.”

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