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Arbitrator sides with teachers union; layoffs threatened

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Updated: 5/02/2012 4:37 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – An arbitrator has ruled in favor of the teachers union in its dispute with the Clark County School District.

Under the arbitrator's ruling, the School District said is forced to award pay raises for teachers for the 2011-12 as well as the 2012-13 school year despite a deep budget deficit.

In a news release, CCSD officials will get to work immediately cutting more areas of the budget to make up for the forced spending.

“While this is certainly not the outcome we wanted, there are no winners here,” Superintendent Dwight Jones said. “While some teachers will receive raises, other teachers will receive pink slips. That's not what's best for our students.”

The School District said in the past that if it lost arbitration, around 1,000 teaching jobs would be eliminated.

The teachers union, on its website, says that "the School District will have more than $70 million in its fund balance at the end of the fiscal year, clearly demonstrating that no layoffs are needed to balance the budget."

The CCEA union proposal will go into effect retroactively July 1, 2011, the start of the 2011-12 fiscal year.

“My priority is keeping teachers in classrooms,” Jones added. “This decision puts us right back where we started, with a $40 million deficit for the upcoming school year, and with tough decisions that just got tougher.”

News 3’s Krystal Allen will have updates on the web and at News 3 at Noon.
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