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Judge upholds over 1,500 SDUSD layoff notices

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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.

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