Nov 9, 2009 9:20 PM by David Ortiviz

Cesar Chavez Network cuts jobs from schools

More than two dozen people have been laid off from the Cesar Chavez School Network.

The school board members unanimously approved the cuts at a public meeting on Monday at Dolores Huerta Preparatory High. The school board says the cuts were necessary because they're facing a $1.5 million deficit.

A total of 29 positions were cut including 18 jobs at Cesar Chavez Academy; 7 jobs at Dolores Huerta Preparatory High; and 4 jobs cut from the administration office. Among the positions cut were two teachers, two tutors, several teacher's aides and other staff members.

Some parents who attended the meeting were upset about the board's decisions, especially because no public comment was allowed before the vote. "I think part of the frustration is that parents don't feel like they have much of a voice here, we send our kids here everyday and that we just entrust that they're educating our kids and doing what's in the best interest of their education and them," said Caroline Parra, a parent.

The Chief Financial Officer for the school network says over the past year enrollment has dropped both at Dolores Huerta High and at Cesar Chavez Academy which has resulted in a loss of income. Also, Cesar Chavez Academy North and the GOAL Academy decided not to renew their contracts with the school network--which alone resulted in a loss of income of more than $600,000.


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