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School layoffs | Losing teachers in Orange County

Ten districts across Orange County have released the names of hundreds of teachers and other employees facing potential layoffs.

Last month, districts announced they could cut more than 1,500 school jobs as part of an effort to slash up to $269 million from budgets, prompted by the state’s ongoing budget crisis.

An Orange County education supporter joined nearly 4,000 others during a rally in Los Angeles’ Pershing Square in this May 2011 file photo.

Districts informed many educators of the possible layoffs by March 15, a deadline set by the state for warning certificated staff of “reductions in force.” Districts have until May 15 to finalize layoffs of certificated and classified employees.

Seniority determines who is laid off, not job performance.

At some districts, hundreds of temporary teachers, those working on one-year contracts, were also given notices telling them they may not be rehired as a matter of standard policy.

Districts are not required to issue these notices by March 15, but some treat the employees similarly to their permanent certificated staffs.

For example, Irvine Unified gave these notices to 205 temporary teachers. Irvine has sent out these notices each of the past few years and eventually offered new contracts to all its temporary teachers…


Read More @ School layoffs: Are you losing your teacher? | districts, employees, notices – News – The Orange County Register.

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