Pasadena Unified Will Cut Hundreds of Positions

The Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education has approved over one hundred layoffs as it grapples with enrollment declines and budget challenges.

The board passed a motion last week to cut 224 certified and classified positions. Around half of those positions are vacant. An estimated 135 employees will be laid off.

“The reductions are necessary because of the lapsing of one-time COVID-19 funding (ESSER), expected reductions in state funding, a decline in enrollment, and the need to allocate our resources responsibly,” said PUSD Interim Superintendent Elizabeth Blanco.

“These decisions have not been made lightly, and come only after thoughtful and careful consideration. We have done our best to keep reductions away from students and schools, including making the biggest reduction of 30% to central offices. Since the central office exists to serve schools and provides services for students and their families at schools, we will need to redesign how we continue to support our students.”

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Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 09:07

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