SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An administrative law judge upheld 1,534 layoff notices sent by the San Diego Unified School District to teachers and other certified employees, according to a ruling released Monday.
The Board of Education issued 1,666 layoff notices in March as the trustees tried to close an estimated $120 million budget gap for the next school year. Some were part-time employees, so the layoff list was comprised of the equivalent of 1,628 full-time positions.
About 1,000 of the workers appealed their inclusion on the list of those to be laid off at the end of this school year.
Administrative Law Judge Roy Hewitt ruled that school districts are given "wide discretion" in budget setting and layoff notices, which are generally upheld unless found to be fraudulent or an abuse of a district's authority.
The Board of Education is scheduled to affirm the judge's decision at a special meeting Tuesday night.
Also at the meeting, board members are set to consider a resolution that states the district will not seek emergency loans from the state in order to balance the next fiscal year's budget.
Trustee Scott Barnett recently said the district is insolvent, and should hold onto its employees so it could undergo an orderly restructuring of its finances. Board President John Lee Evans said Barnett was panicking, but also accused teacher union leaders of understating the SDUSD's financial woes.
Authorities Friday released the name of a lawman who opened fire on an assault suspect who allegedly charged him with a machete over his head in a busy intersection near Grossmont Center mall.
A soldier from the San Diego area died as a result of a "non-combat related" incident in Kosovo, the Department of Defense said Friday.
Law enforcement agencies across San Diego County are planning to crack down on drunken driving over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.
A two vehicle crash left one person critically injured Friday in Emerald Hills, according to authorities.
Some of the smartest high school students in San Diego County will be in Atlanta this weekend competing in the National Quiz Bowl Championship.
Californians Aware, a statewide group that advocates for government transparency, Friday expressed concern over a soon-to-take- effect San Diego Unified School District policy to delete most emails after one year.
Millions of Southern Californians will be taking to the roads and airways Friday as the Memorial Day travel crunch goes into high gear, and the large crowds will likely test the patience of motorists and airline passengers.
Several good Samaritans, including a grandmother, disregarded their own safety today when they helped subdue and disarm a knife- waving man who attacked the driver of a bus full of schoolchildren in a rural neighborhood in southeastern San Diego County.
An animal known as the San Quintin Kangaroo rat and native to Baja California is back from the brink of extinction.