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Students join teachers in S.F. to protest against 900 layoff notices

11 of 15 teachers at elementary school receive pink slips

A coalition of teacher groups and students rallied this morning in downtown San Francisco to protest the 900 preliminary layoff notices that the school district issued this week.

United Educators of San Francisco spokesman Matthew Hardy, who helped organize the event with the same group that organized the March 4 rallies, said that the rally featured a wide range of student and teacher speakers.

Megan Caluza, one of the speakers at the event and a special education teacher at El Dorado Elementary School, said that 11 of the 15 teachers at her school received pink slips.

"If someone told me it was going to be like this two years ago when I was first becoming a teacher, I probably would have run screaming," she said.

District spokeswoman Gentle Blythe confirmed that the district issued 31 notices to administrators and 670 to teachers, counselors, nurses and social workers, for a total of 701 notices issued as a direct result of the budget crisis. The district also handed out notices to an additional 205 employees, but those were unrelated to the budget, she said.

Blythe said that the layoff notices are not going to be finalized until May 15. She added that school districts are required by state law to inform employees by March 15 about whether they will have jobs at the end of the school year.

"We have to notify more people than we hope to give the final notices to," she said.

The notices were distributed to employees based on seniority and credential area, according to Blythe.

Caluza explained that if all of the layoffs at her school are finalized, the district will "bump" credentialed teachers with more seniority to replace those positions, even if they are currently working outside of the classroom in an administrative position or otherwise.

"It's like playing musical chairs with teachers," she said.

The district will spend the next two months in negotiations with various education unions to discuss budget measures that might help save jobs, Blythe said. Possible measures include increasing the number of furlough days or cutting the number of teacher sabbaticals for the next two years.

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Posted by What do they propose?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2010 at 1:15 pm

What do the teachers suggest districts do? Until the teachers union learns to be reasonable and agree to things like freezing step and column, layoffs and cancelling programs will be the new trend.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm

They expect you to pay more in taxes, of course.


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Posted by Outraged
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Their stupid theatrics really make me outraged, and as far as I'm concerned defeats and negates every word they say. NOTHING ever makes me as angry as teachers who ABUSE their position of power over students & preach their personal politics and biases. They should be arrested for inciting riots and disturbing the peace.
Just like 2 weeks ago, when CAL professors prompted and incited the protest...for teachers personal financial gain, but cowardly led ill-informed students to think it was about tuition.
I have such contempt for these radical teachers I truly hope they do lose their jobs. They try to stir the IGNORANT, ILL-INFORMED PULIC with scary 'pink slip' stories, when in fact the ed code requires these EARLY pink slip alerts....for the protection of the schools.... JUST IN CASE schools end up needing to fire some...it happens every year. Do you REALLY think the student PUPPETS know that. Contemptable!I hope they wind up homeless and out of work. THey can always add their names to the always ready 'rent-a-protester' CALL LIST ! Shame on them 'USING' students.


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Posted by teacher
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm

outraged: You are so ridiculous. "USING" students???? Ever think that these students know exactly what they are doing??? They are showing their support for their teachers. Wow students have a brain of their own??? Teachers don't actually brainwash their students like so many of you crazy people think???

Riots?!?!!! Talk about someone being "ill-informed" and "ignorant". Your words.


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Posted by Outraged
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Teacher,I would happily repeat every word I said. You are so close, you don't see what you are doing...yes, 'using'. Students should not be caught in the middle. Why don't you protest with teams of taxpayers at your side ??..instead of young ones who can't vote because their minds have not yet finished developing.
I am puzzled at your name calling. Crazy ? Gee, I didn't call you names...just your stupid tactics and theatrics. I would have thought you were a leftist liberal....except....crazy? Naw, liberals tell us they are 'tolerant and open-minded', so obviously you can't be a liberal.


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Posted by a reader
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Please take it easy "Outraged". People can disagree with each without resorting to name calling and "hope they wind up homeless and out of work" comments. Lets try to have a civil discourse.


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Mar 19, 2010 at 1:03 am

What were the students doing out of school. Was it a non-school day???

Do all schools have "social workers"???

Never mind, it's San Francisco...


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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm


I feel bad that there are going to be layoffs within the school system, but money doesn't grow on trees. If there isn't enough money in the budget to go around, then something has to be cut.

This reminds me of the fable of the grasshopper and the ant. One prepared and saved up for the winter and one didn't. You can't spend like crazy when times are good and expect that you will be able to survive the bad times.


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Posted by a reader
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm

"I feel bad that there are going to be layoffs within the school system"

What school system are you talking about? The California school system?


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Posted by uh reader
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 21, 2010 at 2:08 pm

no, they're laying off a school of fish, smart guy


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Posted by dazzling heart
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 24, 2010 at 8:55 pm

they shoudn´t fire teachers.


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