SAN FRANCISCO — The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education agreed Tuesday to send out 5,200 layoff notices in the face of a $640 million budget deficit projected for the next fiscal year.

The notices are part of a wave of the letters going out to California teachers this month ahead of a mid-month legal deadline for notifying credentialed employees they may lose their jobs in the upcoming school year. School districts are preparing for a tough year under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed fiscal 2010-11 budget, which provides most of their funding.

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