I have never been laid off from a school. Apparently I am one of the only ones. This year, this district is pink slipping over 500 teachers. I'm going to have a guest post by a teacher soon who is getting one of these letters.
The pattern I've seen in this district, every single year has been this:
1. March: Panic about budget, lay off all the teachers they can.
2. March - August: refuse to answer questions about if jobs will be available
3. August: start complaining that there aren't any teachers and there are too many vacancies.
You'd think someone would learn.
Layoffs. More layoffs.
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