Escambia County

Pinks slips sent to Santa Rosa teachers

March 30, 2009

Santa Rosa teachers were mailed pink slips last week as Santa Rosa County School District tries to cope with shrinking budget. The teachers without tenure are being told that their contracts will not be renewed for the 2009-10 school year.

Positions may open up, but the nontenured teachers aren’t guaranteed their jobs back. We have been hearing rumors that the average number of terminations is 13 teachers per school.

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  • Anony March 31, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    While this article focuses on events in another state, it is instructive. This is how it’s done nationwide.

    The average Californian’s taxes would shoot up five different ways in the state budget blueprint that lawmakers hope to vote on this weekend. But the bipartisan plan for wiping out the state’s giant deficit isn’t so bad for large corporations, many of which would receive a permanent windfall.

    About $1 billion in corporate tax breaks — directed mostly at multi-state and multinational companies — is tucked into the proposal.

    But wait, won’t a big corporate tax cut cause companies to come to California, creating jobs? No, they are already here and it will drive them away, because it is paid for by firing teachers.

    A study by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, released in 2005, found that most companies decide where to locate based not on tax breaks but on factors such as the availability of a highly educated workforce. California’s proposed plan would cut spending on higher education by hundreds of millions of dollars.

    there’s more..

  • Anony March 31, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    j5drive- agreed. Remember, 3 nursing schools, how many nail technician schools, how many welding programs, on, and on, and on, for decades now – helps keep wages low. And with the changes now, I don’t think we can even call them occupational trade schools. They are more akin to corporate training programs paid for by taxpayers.

  • who cares March 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    But I would much rather live and send my children to school in Santa Rosa than Escambia.

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