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Calif. Teacher Pink Slips Far Fewer than Last Year

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 15, 2013

At this time last year, 20,000 of the state's K-12 teachers received the bad news.  This year, the California Teachers Association says the number appears to be 2,500.

That's because of the state's recovering economy and the passage of Proposition 30.  And although "it's very nervous-making and quite unsettling," says State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), layoff notices are sent "with the full hope that the pink slip will not actually be realized."

California law requires districts to send out termination notices by March 15th of each year.  But that's months before the state passes a budget, so districts play it safe by overestimating their layoffs.  Of last year's original 20,000 pink slips, districts pulled back all but 3,000 by August.

State Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) says that makes no sense.  "So if we move that timeline to June 1st, the (governor's) May Revision of the budget has come out, schools can better make a decision based on facts - rather than on what might happen."

The non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office backs Huff's proposal.  But Democrats and teachers unions have blocked similar bills in the past.  They argue teachers need as much time as possible to find new jobs.

Sacramento-area school districts
Among Sacramento-area districts, Sac City Unified has sent pink slips to 118 teachers.  That's down from more than 450 last year.  Elk Grove Unified is sending layoff notices to 30 teachers - though the district says those layoffs are due to factors other than budget cuts.
Natomas Unified has notified 10 teachers they might lose their jobs.  And at Twin Rivers, that number is 74.
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