Can an employer refuse to give a job reference for a former employer?

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I was recently laid off (my position was dissolved). I am trying to get employment with the school system and they require several references from my former job. However my former employer has a policy of not giving references. Can they do this? Almost every job I am applying for requires references, how am I supposed to get work if my former employees does not provide references?

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