Torrance Unified struggles with less revenue, larger class sizes. Now administrators must teach classes.
Manhattan Beach Unified plans on laying of twenty-four teachers. In 2012, the district projected fewer staff reductions. Hermosa Beach City School District mailed out ten pink-slips last year, but sixteen this year. These pink-slip "tsunamis" force teachers into untenable, stressful positions throughout the summer, as they wait and wonder whether they will be welcomed back to their teaching positions the following year. These preempted layoffs increase costs for districts, who hire substitutes while teachers contesting the layoffs, then waste more money when scrambling to rescind the notices.
State senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) introduced another bill, SB 559, which would move the deadline for preliminary layoff notices from March 15 to June 1, and the final notices from May 15 to August 1, which are more in line with school districts' final budget projections. Teachers already deal with more students, fewer supplies, and no pay raises. They should have some security about whether they will have a job the next school year.
As a reminder, the tax increases from Proposition 30 are not bring in the projected revenues, after all. Tax increases on "the rich" are taxes on our students, teachers, and communities. Nineteen businesses planned to leave the state after Prop 30's passage. California's tax hikes are great for Arizona and Nevada, since businesses and their tax dollars are resettling in these business-friendly states.
Hate to write it, but: "I told you so!"