Lower enrollment, employee benefits contributing to L.A. Unified’s projected deficit

Nov 11, 2015 by

Declining enrollment along with the cost of providing employee benefits and special education services for students are among the key drivers contributing to a projected long-term deficit at the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to an independent financial review panel.

The eight-member panel convened by Supt. Ramon Cortines presented its findings at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. It warned that the district could face a budget deficit of $333 million in the 2017-18 school year, which would grow to $600 million by 2019-20.

The panel’s report includes the following findings:

  • The school district has lost nearly 100,000 students in the past six years. About half of those students left to attend charter schools, while the other half resulted from dropouts, lower birth rates and children who transferred to private schools or other districts.

Source: Lower enrollment, employee benefits contributing to L.A. Unified’s projected deficit – LA Times

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