State Schools Chief Says Other States Want California Teachers

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 12, 2008

A website dedicated to recruiting teachers to work in Fort Worth, Texas touts a job fair this month in San Diego… State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell says other states are also advertising in California.  He says the Governor’s proposed cuts to education have resulted in pink slips for teachers.  And other states see that as an opportunity. 

 “The Governor has really begun a new era in this state of California and that is the era of teacher poaching…”

O’Connell estimates some 24-thousand teachers, administrators and staff have received preliminary layoff notices. 

 Another round of notices will go out May 15th.  Governor Schwarzenegger has said he does not like cutting education—and he wants budget reforms to avoid such cuts in the future. 

He will reveal revised budget numbers on May 14th.