Tuesday, March 29, 2011

18,000 teachers given lay-off notices in California

I am writing today to ask for your help with compiling information about the number of pink slips and lay-off notices being issued, and the program cuts being proposed, by the Local Education Agencies in your jurisdiction.
As you know, should the state budget resolution require an all-cuts solution, our schools could face an additional $4.5 billion in cuts—a dire situation for our schools already facing a state of fiscal emergency. Are most of your districts producing layoff and program reduction plans based on the “all-cuts” budget assumption? I think it is vital for the public to know the full impacts of the worst-case budget scenario.
Given the urgency we face, I ask you to share the pink slip, layoff notice, and program cut information with me as soon as it becomes available to you. I am interested in learning specific information about the pinks slips issued to certificated staff and lay-off notices given to non-certificated staff.
Teacher Reduction In Force Tally
As of March 15, 2011, the number of estimated teachers receiving Reduction In Force notices is 18,886 with 300 local educational agencies reporting. Please check back often, because this number may change.
Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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