Layoffs Continue As Bay Area Teachers Protest Budget Cuts

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Hundreds of teacher layoff notices went out this week in school districts across the Bay Area as teachers converged in Sacramento for a week long series of demonstrations.

State budget cuts and declining enrollment left the Mount Diablo School Board no choice according to its president Gary Eberhart.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

”We actually completed the process of laying off 111 certificated teachers in the district,” said Eberhart. “It’s so much worse than it was years ago where we used to send out layoff notices and then through attrition and other things that were going on we would end up hiring most, if not all, the folks that were on layoff back. But I just don’t think that’s the case this year.”

In San Francisco, the board of education has voted to eliminate 152 teaching and administrative positions.

“Their decision is going to hurt the kids,” said Ken Tray, political director of the United Educators of San Francisco and a social studies teacher at Lowell High School. “Lincoln High School, as an example, already has lost its entire music program. These cuts hurt.”

These cuts may not be over either as district officials await the governor’s May revise, which could require more cuts.

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  • Peggie Davis

    Dear Teachers everywhere…Welcome to the REAL world. You’ve been a pretty protected species…till now.

    • Wilson

      What a stupid comment Peggie. there are some teachers that actually do good. You Jack-Arse.

      • Roger Craig

        Key word Wilson is some not a lot, and her comment is valid as i have seen them cut other programs and protect them long enough…

  • Major
  • Roger Craig

    Do we really need the glut of teachers here in California. I think not as here in San Francisco we have empty schools and surplus teachers. The number of children dropped here and they still hired more teachers.
    When I went to school there were upwards of 35 kids in a class and they did well and more graduated. Now look at the numbers. We need better quality teachers not more that are less qualified. And parents that will actually help their children in school not just drop them off.

    • Wilson

      OK…you wanna cut funding for schools. In 2010 CA ranks 44th in spending for K-12 (around $8k to US avg of $11k). There are roughly 6 million children attending school (one of the most highest in the nation) and the # of students to teacher is one of the highest in the nation. I don’t know about you and when you went to school, but back then they invested more $$ on you than what they spend now. It’s only getting lower and lower. Plus, our time in school is WAY, WAY different from today. I have a son in school right now, I donate my time, $$, and school supplies, heck, I might as well try to be a teacher myself. But there’s almost nothing left to cut. Do you want the children to fail??? Eductaiton should be the top priority among anything else so our State’s children can have a chance to be somebody.

  • Mad Mike

    One out of every four tax dollars collected by the state goes to education. They just completed a $500 million + school in LA (Robert F. Kennedy school, look it up) that sounds like a resort rather than a school and still it is not enough. Spend the money you get wiser and MAYBE you won’t be laying teachers off!

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