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LA school board OKs $25M lawsuit settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Unified School District has agreed to settle a lawsuit over teacher layoffs by spending $25 million to hire more staff for dozens of struggling schools.

City News Service says the school board on Tuesday approved the proposal. However, it still needs court approval.

The ACLU of Southern California and the Public Counsel Law Center sued the district four years ago, arguing seniority policies meant teacher layoffs hit low-income and inner-city schools hardest because they had the newest teachers.

A 2011 settlement was appealed by the teachers' union.

The new proposal calls for the district to hire additional assistant principals and support staff for 37 schools with high teacher turnover rates.

Superintendent John Deasy says the settlement is about putting the interest of youths first.

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