Friday, March 23, 2012

Report: California Districts' Teacher Layoff Process Needs Overhaul

The Los Angeles Times (3/23, Ceasar) reports that according to a report from a state legislative analyst, "California school districts issue more pink slips than necessary and the state should consider alternatives to seniority-based layoffs." The report "said that because state and local budget information is available only after the initial deadline for districts to send out layoff notices, more pink slips are issued. ... The report suggests that the initial deadline be pushed back to June 1, aligning the process more with the state budget cycle."


The Orange County (CA) Register (3/23, Martindale) reports that the report says that "too many teachers in California receive preliminary layoff notices each spring as school districts plan for worst-case budget-cutting scenarios, a time-intensive process that carries a hefty $706 price tag per notified educator." According to the report, some 75% of laid-off teachers don't end up losing their jobs, "but between March and June, districts spend an estimated $706 per teacher to prepare paperwork, formally notify the educator and hold appeals hearings. With more than 20,000 pink-slips issued to California educators last year, that translated to a cost of about $14 million statewide, the report concluded."


The Palm Springs (CA) Desert Sun (3/23, Mitchell) reports that the Legislative Analyst's Office report suggested that "layoffs should be done later in the year and not solely based on seniority," and that the "hearing and appeals process is unnecessarily costly and inefficient. ... Current law requires teachers to be notified by March 15 if their job may be unavailable next year. This leads to more initial layoff notices being sent than is necessary, because important state and local budget information is not available that early, the report found."

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