(CNS) The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education has approved a series of agreements with its various labor unions -- including the teachers' union -- that call for workers to take 10 furlough days during the coming school year to save the jobs of thousands of employees.
Superintendent John Deasy says the agreements, once they are all ratified by the unions' members, will prevent the layoffs of about 45-hundred teachers and "thousands and thousands'' of other district workers, and will prevent some planned cuts to early education and adult education programs.
Also A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled that the Los Angeles Unified School District must comply with state law requiring that student performance, including test scores, be considered when teachers and principals are given job evaluations.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant says the law must be enforced regardless of any collective bargaining agreements with the district that may present obstacles. The lawyer representing United Teachers Los Angeles -- the union representing the district's teachers -- told Chalfant he opposed the issuance of the order, saying the district and the union are already doing many of the things specified by the law.