June 20, 2017, Los Angeles Times: L.A. Unified approves more spending and layoffs http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-edu-los-angeles-schools-budget-20170621-story.html Faced with mounting costs and declining enrollment, the Los Angeles Unified School District board approved a $7.5-billion budget Tuesday that will increase spending and lay off more than 100 library aides, clerks and other support staff next school year. … Supt. Michelle King’s budget plan, the second of her tenure, forecasts that L.A. Unified will continue to shrink. It assumes that enrollment, which stands at about 514,000 students, will decline by nearly 34,000 students, or about 2% a year, over the next three years. … And spending on students receiving special education services has jumped and is expected to keep climbing.