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(CNS) A group of Los Angeles Unified School District employees held a news conference and rally to demand that school board immediately halt cuts to vital services for students. The school board is set to vote today to send 208 layoff notices to employees, including school psychologists, psychiatric social workers, counselors and teacher librarians.

UTLA has a message for LAUSD's Board of Education: HHS (Health and Human Services) employees are vital to the safety and well-being of students in the district. Tuesday the school board is scheduled to vote on a proposal to cut 208 positions-school psychologists, psychiatric social workers, secondary counselors, public service and attendance counselors, and school librarians.

Members representing each discipline will explain to the Board how students benefit from the services they provide. UTLA President Warren Fletcher will also address the RIF (Reduction in Force) proposal and how it flies in the face of common sense. Fletcher said, "The answer to school safety is not about guns; it is about prevention.  And who better to identify underlying problems than school psychologists and other HHS professionals?"

HHS professionals are in place to help students cope with real life problems including: homelessness, abuse, teen pregnancy, neglect, mental health issues, bullying, suicidal thoughts and violence on campus.  These issues affect everything from attendance to a student's ability to learn.

(additional information provided by UTLA)

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