Intercepts

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Great Minds Think Alike

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Jan• 27•09

Officials of the Los Angeles Unified School District have decided not to lay off any teachers, even though the district has a $250 million budget deficit and doesn’t have the money to pay them.

“It’s a risk — it could exacerbate our spending problems in the summer — but it’s a risk worth taking,” said school board member Richard Vladovic.

There are no good choices in the current climate, but I hope LAUSD administrators know they are not the first to go down this particular road. The Detroit Public Schools also thought it was a good idea to hang on to teachers well after the money to pay them had dried up.

Armed with this knowledge, Los Angeles can get ahead of the game and start searching now for an emergency financial manager.

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