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Five bonds in eleven years and a $718 million debt anyway

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Today's LAUSD board meeting was so well-attended that they demanded credentials from media; this for a purported public occurrence.

In January, the District made news by announcing the possibility that 2,300 teachers may be laid off. Now, the prospective layoff figure includes staff and is up to 8,846.

A teacher told street-hassle today that decentralization as practiced by Ramon Cortines when he was interim Superintendent nearly a decade ago was partially to blame. The teacher says that the extra layer of bureaucracy, compounded with the added expense of the building campaign, created far too much bloat at 333 Beaudry, but now the whole district will suffer as it pares back at every level.

Monica Garcia said that "for the first time in decades, we are cutting the central office to the bone."

A political consultant justified the Mayor's meddling with the District to street-hassle this way: "If there is no Mayor working the District, then the Union (UTLA) runs the District."

Not only does the District face nearly a three-quarter billion deficit, the threat of a teachers strike looms.