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."
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