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Does new California law force rehiring of teachers? It's unclear, districts say
Sacramento Bee ^ | July 24, 2011 | Diana Lambert

Posted on 07/24/2011 2:57:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

State legislation passed last month to block public school districts from reducing their teaching staffs in the coming school year hasn't resulted in a rush among local districts to rehire all the instructors laid off in May.

Most Sacramento-area school officials say they aren't sure whether the law requires a rehiring blitz. And many state officials seem unclear as well.

Assembly Bill 114 says school districts must ignore – for now – the prospect of a $1.75 billion "trigger" cut that could hit K-12 districts in February if the Legislature's revenue projections fall short. In the meantime, schools are to maintain staffing and program levels based on projections of getting the same funding levels they got last year.

The law, passed with strong support from the California Teachers Association, was crafted in reaction to the flurry of final pink slips that went out to teachers across the state in May. At the time, the state was grappling to bridge a $9.6 billion deficit, and many school districts made cuts based on "worst-case scenario" budget projections.

…In July, largely because of rosier revenue projections, legislators instead passed a budget that presented K-12 school districts with the same level of funding as last year, with the possibility of massive midyear trigger cuts if the optimistic revenue projectitions did not materialize. AB 114 was passed as a companion measure.

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…… Dean E. Vogel, the new president of the California Teachers Association, said the mandate provides a year of stability for teachers and students after years of financial crises.

"Districts, in general, are going to do what the law mandates, and some are going to do it kicking and screaming," Vogel said. "I'm going to trust people to follow the law."

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; democrats; economy; education; teachersunion

1 posted on 07/24/2011 2:57:43 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Politicians still don’t know nothing about history, science or even basic economics and math


2 posted on 07/24/2011 3:12:38 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: GeronL
Democrat's #1 and #2 money and muscle for their re-election are Big Education and Big Lawsuit!

Jerry Brown knows who's in charge.

3 posted on 07/24/2011 3:33:56 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
In July, largely because of rosier revenue projections, legislators instead passed a budget that presented K-12 school districts with the same level of funding as last year, with the possibility of massive midyear trigger cuts if the optimistic revenue projectitions did not materialize.

Those sly foxes conniving politicians - when these "optimistic revenue projections" fail to materialize in the middle of the school year, they will say the trigger cannot be pulled while in mid-stream - causing even worse deficits/harm.

4 posted on 07/24/2011 4:01:26 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Cincinatus' Wife.
Assembly Bill 114 says school districts must ignore – for now – the prospect of a $1.75 billion "trigger" cut that could hit K-12 districts in February if the Legislature's revenue projections fall short.

5 posted on 07/24/2011 4:06:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What a hoot. Why don’t they simply pass a law mandating a healthy economy, no debt, and the dollar is back at 1920 buying power.


6 posted on 07/24/2011 4:21:11 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: trebb

Public sector unions must be fed with taxpayer’s money, so they can support the Democrat Party.


7 posted on 07/24/2011 5:11:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Exactly.


8 posted on 07/24/2011 5:12:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This is a double-edged sword for me. On the one hand, it bothers me that these people stay in these positions for 40, 50, 60 years. I think most teachers die at their desks.

On the other hand, if more teachers did retire earlier, that would just mean more teachers being paid to sit around on their asses all day on the cruise ship while we pay for their retirement, plus we have to pay for another teacher to take his or her place.

I don't know. Maybe it's time to privatize education. Maybe at one point in our country's history, it made sense for the government to run the schools. But those days are gone.

9 posted on 07/24/2011 7:23:37 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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Are there no more vast stretches of sparsely populated land on the planet that we could settle and make a country out of?

Other than Canada I mean.

10 posted on 07/24/2011 7:26:39 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
In the meantime, schools are to maintain staffing and program levels based on projections of getting the same funding levels they got last year.

LOL! Yeah. No problem. Just act as if the money's always going to be there.

Sounds like our son and his wife.

11 posted on 07/24/2011 7:31:31 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Most Sacramento-area school officials say they aren't sure whether the law requires a rehiring blitz. And many state officials seem unclear as well.

A law no one knows how to interpret. Now THERE'S something new under the sun.

12 posted on 07/24/2011 7:33:21 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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