Supt. Beutner Unveils LAUSD Budget After EE’s Defeat

Los Angeles Unified Supt. Austin Beutner unveiled a thin budget on June 6, two days after voters rejected Measure EE. The spending plan reflects LAUSD’s prickly finances, with the elimination of 289 central offices and numerous layoffs as part of the plan. Beutner would also like to see changes to the way the district receives funds for special education.

Aside from the tighter budget, the Los Angeles Times reports that “the school system and the city of Los Angeles also formally withdrew from an education partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.” The L.A. Chamber was among the most vehement opponents of Measure EE, so the severed ties are payback for its role in the initiative’s defeat.

“The chamber has made clear that it is not a reliable partner to our schools,” Beutner, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, the L.A. County Federation of Labor’s Rusty Hicks, and other union leaders wrote in a letter to Chamber.

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