Layoff Notices Go Out To Teachers

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 14, 2008
State Schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell estimates that including teachers, administrators and support staff, roughly 20-thousand layoff notices are going out. Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed nearly a five billion dollar cut to education – and although that’s just a starting point for budget talks, schools have to issue layoff notices as if the cuts are real. It’s likely that many of those getting pink slips won’t actually lose their jobs. That’s because Democrats – who control the legislature – have pledged not to cut education. However, the state faces an eight billion dollar budget shortfall, and Republicans have pledged not to raise taxes. It’s likely to be many months before schools know for sure what their budgets will really look like.