Judge rules on Madera Unified layoffs

An administrative law judge has ruled on appeals filed by employees in the Madera Unified School District over the length of their tenure.

The judge mostly sided with the district, district spokesman Jake Bragonier said Friday.

Out of about 100 people who received layoff notices, about 30 contested the district's determination of how long they had worked for the district.

Bragonier said that with the exception of "a couple" appeals, the judge ruled in favor of the district on those appeals.

Not everyone who received a layoff notice will lose their job, Bragonier said. The district and the teachers' union are working with an arbitrator to determine how many furlough days teachers will take this school year to help close a $13 million budget gap and save teacher jobs.