Pink Slips Sweeping the North County

Trustees in the Escondido Union High School District voted to lay off educators in about 16 positions Tuesday night, and did not hide their frustration at having to cut staffers for the second year in a row, according to our media partner the North County Times.

"I can hold my nose and vote for this one knowing that some of the employees, hopefully all of them, will be coming back," Trustee George McClure said.

By law, California school district must notify teachers by March 15 if they may be laid off, although sometimes the layoffs are rescinded after later budget revisions, the paper reported.

The school district is trimming $1.6 million from its current $67.4 million budget for the 2008-09 school year and $3.1 million from its projected budget for 2009-10 following the adoption of the revised state budget, which reduced education funding by $11.6 billion.

The Vista Unified School District voted to mail out pink slips to 196 teachers last week.  Layoffs may also be coming to the San Marcos Unified School District.

For the full story read the North County Times article "High School District Approves Layoffs."

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