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A $7.5 billion Los Angeles schools budget set for approval Tuesday includes 121 layoffs and 180 “reassignments” that would result in pay cuts and possible additional job losses, a newspaper reported hours before the Los Angeles Board of Education meets.

Among the hardest hit in the proposal are library aides: 30 would lose their jobs, leaving 43 elementary schools without library staffing because some of the aides work at two campuses, the Los Angeles Times reported. Thatís about 9 percent of the library aides in the nationís second-largest school system.

Others who would lose their jobs include some clerks, payroll specialists, accounting technicians, teaching aides and security aides, according to The Times. The number of central office administrators, coordinators and managers also would shrink by about 150. Many of them have tenure as school administrators or teachers and could return to these other positions — with reduced pay. The district believes it will have enough vacancies to accommodate them.

No teachers are targeted for layoffs, The Times reported. Although declining enrollment means fewer positions for instructors, the reduction is expected to come through attrition, such as teacher retirements.

The hardest direct hit would be on Los Angeles 500, the local chapter of the California School Employees Association, whose membership would be hit by 87 layoffs and 120 reassignments, union President Letetsia A. Fox told The Times.

“Itís like weíre being punished for asking for and receiving a raise,” said Fox, the senior financial manager for Dorsey High School in the Crenshaw district.

Her union members, who include library aides, clerks, accounting specialists and technicians, received a 9.96 percent raise over a three-year contract that ends in June. Foxís members earn as little as $13 an hour, she said, even though the district announced three years ago that all employees would earn at least $15 an hour.

In all, Los Angeles Unified employs more than 60,000 full- and part-time workers.

The library aides would be an unusual type of budget victims. They would lose their jobs because their schools decided to spend the salaries elsewhere, Franny Parrish, a library aide and L.A. 500ís political action chairwoman, told The Times.

—City News Service

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