Thousands teachers in Los Angeles will receive pink slips. By next school year, 2,100 city teachers are slated to lose their jobs -- a 5 percent hit to the nation's second-largest school district, reports the Associated Press. Worse still, is that the layoffs are concentrated in some of the city's grittiest neighborhoods. Los Angeles Unified's inner-city schools have higher turnover and tend to hire more new teachers, and state education code mandates that layoffs be issued based on seniority.

School districts across the nation are facing similar financial crunches, but many have avoided painful layoffs with the help of federal


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