October 24 | Los Angeles Times

Supt. John Deasy seeks teachers' backing on a grant application that could bring $40 million to LAUSD. The union fears the grant won't cover all the costs of implementing the district's proposal.

By Teresa Watanabe

Faced with a looming deadline, Los Angeles schools chief John Deasy on Wednesday urged the teachers union to lay aside its concerns and back a federal grant application that could bring $40 million to the cash-strapped district.

If the Los Angeles Unified School District wins a federal Race to the Top grant, Deasy said, it could restore hundreds of jobs for teachers, counselors and others to help middle and high school students stay on track for graduation.

"It's a critical opportunity in these painful fiscal times," he said.

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