Teacher Layoffs Raise Concerns About Future

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The State Department of Education estimates some 24-thousand pink slips have gone out—about 14-thousand to teachers, the rest to support staff. The likelihood is that far fewer teachers will actually lose their jobs. But Harvey Hunt with the Santa Cruz-based Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning says the threat of layoffs will discourage those considering the profession. 

“And that this process March 15th preliminary layoff notices is always hanging over the head of teachers, just doesn’t make for a particularly attractive profession…”

Final pink slips will go out in mid-May. That’s long before the state budget is due, and it’s rarely on time.  That means districts will have to wait to find out how much they’ll get from the state.