Schools Must Face Fiscal Realities
TheÂ Legislative Analyst’s OfficeÂ has recommended changing the layoff timeline to match the state budget process â€“ preliminary pink slips in June and final notices in August. The LAO notes that with the current timeline, roughly 75 percent of teachers who get preliminary pink slips in March are called back to work, a morale issue and waste of everybody’s time.
With the CTA balking, no Democrat has taken up this cause, leaving it to Senate Republican leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, to act. He introduced Senate Bill 559 that would enact the LAO’s recommendation. As Huff has said, the current system is cruel, creating unnecessary anxiety and instability for teachers and students.
The Twin Rivers school board should do the preliminary layoff notices tonight and then sign a joint letter with the Twin Rivers union supporting Senate Bill 559. It is time to change the deadlines.
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