LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 14:  United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union organizer Mike Gipson leads teachers and supporters in a chant as the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education during a meets to discuss a proposal to eliminate thousands of jobs in hopes of closing a $718 million budget gap April 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The jobs of 1,996 elementary school teachers have been spared from the budget-cutting axe but about 6,000 employees, including more than 1,600 teachers, face pending layoffs.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)