California Lays off Teachers

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Education is a priority. That is what politicians tell us. Regardless of political party of legislative orientation, those seeking political office reiterate how important education is for the children of the nation. The reality of the situation, however, is bleak. California is one example:

“…The state Department of Education estimates that preliminary pink slips will have been handed to 26,500 teachers by the Sunday cutoff — two-and-a-half times as many as were issued last year. Some 15,000 bus drivers, janitors, secretaries and administrators also were expected to receive the written warnings, said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell.”

The lay off of this magnitude of teacher and support staff negatively impacts the quality of education that the children receive. No politician can be believed if there is any equivocation on this matter. Losing teachers and support staff lowers the day-to-day standards of the school experience. Not only are the school age children inheriting massive debt, they will be less able to compete in a global marketplace. And that is simply unfair.

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