Across the Golden State, 22,000 teachers recently received pink slips, telling them that they may soon find themselves without a job. That's 657 teachers in Oakland, 4000 in LA, 2000 in the Sacramento area and 400 in San Francisco.
One of the teachers receiving a layoff notice is Lissette Averhoff, a fifth grade teacher at ACORN Woodland Elementary School in Oakland. She's taught in Oakland since 2006, and has seven years of teaching experience before that. But that didn't stop her from getting a pink slip this year.
"Teachers are with these kids everyday and we are doing the work. Cutting teachers shows no concern for kids, just a concern for spreadsheets and money, not kids and education."
The Governor's budget, though devastating to working families in so many ways, currently spares deeper cuts to K-12 education. And while we're not sure we can support everything the Governor is calling for in the special election, we support extending the revenue that keeps teachers in the classroom.
But a group of legislators are standing in the way, refusing to put the tax extensions on the ballot. Join us today in calling on these 5 Senators to stop holding up the budget process and let California move forward.
The state's schools have already seen $18 billion in cuts over the last three years and have already whittled down everything they possibly can from their budgets. Additional cuts will mean thousands of layoffs for teachers, larger class sizes for students, and an uncertain future for California. The choices will be hard but it should be the decision of the people of California.
Please allow Californians to decide if we want to extend already existing revenue sources.