LAUSD TO TRIM $132 MILLION ADMINISTRATION, ARTS, POLICE ARE ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK.
Byline: Joseph Giordono Staff Writer
No one disputes the need for the Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. to cut some $130 million from the 2001-2002 budget. But hardly anyone agrees on where those cuts should come.
Board members and district officials will hold a public meeting 10 a.m. Tuesday to determine which programs and departments will see the biggest hits from the proposed $9.5 billion budget.
Among the targets are the district's bloated bloat·ed
1. Much bigger than desired: a bloated bureaucracy; a bloated budget.
2. Medicine Swollen or distended beyond normal size by fluid or gaseous material. administration - which actually increased when 11 minidistricts were created to cut red tape - and the district's arts program. Budget officials have also proposed eliminating night and weekend police patrols, raising concerns about campus safety.
``What we did this year is an anomaly Abnormality or deviation. Pronounced "uh-nom-uh-lee," it is a favorite word among computer people when complex systems produce output that is inexplicable. See software conflict and anomaly detection. . We won't have to do this kind of cut again soon,'' said Joseph Zeronian, the district's chief fiscal officer. ``Having taken the cold shower cold shower
A startlingly chilly, unenthusiastic reaction, response, or reception: "The elections, however, amounted to a cold shower for the . . . this year, hopefully we won't have to do it again next year.''
Initially faced with a $150 million budget shortfall, district officials began plotting the cuts months ago. But because the state budget - and its critical education funding - has yet to be decided, the district still faces some uncertainty on just how much money it will receive.
The proposed cuts of $132 million are in line with what district officials expect to receive from Sacramento, Zeronian said.
The biggest ``redirections,'' the term district officials prefer to use, are $50 million from the special education program, $18 million from the central office, $12 million from the local districts and $8 million from bilingual bi·lin·gual
a. Using or able to use two languages, especially with equal or nearly equal fluency.
Several board members expressed concern over the proposed cuts included in the preliminary budget.
``There are some critical issues, including rolling back the facilities budget by $13 million,'' said Caprice ca·price
a. An impulsive change of mind.
b. An inclination to change one's mind impulsively.
c. Young, who was recently elected board president. ``There is quite a bit of resistance to that cut, among others. One of the things that is most important is that people don't want to think they can learn if they're not in a clean environment.''
Young also said that she, and others, oppose cutting $5.7 million from the district's arts program.
``We established in July 1999 a plan to reinstate To restore to a condition that has terminated or been lost; to reestablish.
To reinstate a case, for example, means to restore it to the same position it had before dismissal. the arts to the curriculum over a 10-year period. We were correct in that you could not do it overnight, but the danger is that this budget line can come back under attack every year,'' she said.
But Young also acknowledged that serious cuts need to be made. The question is which programs will feel the knife.
``There's just not a whole lot of fat to be cut in this budget,'' she said. ``It is not just pencils and paper clips. We will have to look seriously at cutting real programs.''
While district officials say there is not a direct tie, outside observers blame the budget shortfall on a series of raises negotiated with unions representing teachers, administrators and office staff.
``Their priorities are not on kids, they are on adults,'' said George Buzzetti of the Association for Accountability and Equitable Education, a watchdog group, who pointed to a 15.3 percent pay hike for teachers.
``With this budget, the district is going to get eaten for lunch. They pretty much gave away the store with the teacher raises and now they have to make cuts that affect education of the kids,'' Buzzetti said.
Others point to the proposed cuts in police funds as a critical mistake.
``You're going to have mayhem mayhem (mā`hĕm, mā`əm), in common law, the crime of willfully injuring a person so as to diminish his or her capacity for self-defense. once the criminal element finds out that there are not going to be patrols on nights or weekends,'' said Paul Quezada, president of the 360-member Los Angeles School The Los Angeles School of Urbanism is an academic movement emerged during the mid-1980s, loosely based at the University of Southern California and UCLA, that poses a challenge to the dominant Chicago School of Urbanism. Police Officers Association.
According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Quezada, 72 of the district's 100 private security guards have received layoff Layoff
1. When a company eliminates jobs regardless of how good the employees' performance. 2. A risk reduction, made by investment bankers, that minimizes the potential downside associated with a commitment to purchase and sell a stock issue unsubscribed by stockholders holding notices, which have been temporarily suspended sus·pend
v. sus·pend·ed, sus·pend·ing, sus·pends
1. To bar for a period from a privilege, office, or position, usually as a punishment: suspend a student from school. pending the outcome of Tuesday's meeting.
Particularly dangerous, he said, is cutting down on patrols at the district's adult schools, which are held on high school campuses at night.
``They are being penny-wise and dollar foolish. These cuts are ridiculous,'' Quezada said.
District officials acknowledge that tough choices have to be made, but say the recommended cuts are not set in stone. They will present board members with a list of alternative cuts at the Tuesday meeting.
``This will definitely affect some areas, but it will help us in the end,'' Zeronian said.
A first reading of the final budget is scheduled for Aug. 28, with a final vote set for Sept. 4.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Board of Education will discuss $132 million in proposed cuts from its tentative $9.5 billion budget. Final budget adoption will occur in September. Below is a list of the major proposed cuts:
--Special education program - $49 million
--Central office reductions - $18.4 million
--Local district reductions - $12 million
--Office eliminations - $2.8 million
--General Account reduction - $20 million
--Bilingual program resources - $8.0 million
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