Teachers to Get Layoff Notices at Palm Springs Unified
About 18 teachers will get layoff notices in the Palm Springs Unified School District.
Faced with over a two million dollar budget deficit--and possibly much more in the future--the Palm Springs School Board said yes to the layoff notices Monday night.
This is the fourth year in a row schools have faced layoffs and major cuts.
Richard Mottler watches proudly as his daughter gets a science fair award.
He says these budget cuts are in the wrong area.
"Why are we taking money away from our kids, who are the future politicians, and the future builders of this country, I don't think it's fair that the politicians keep all their stuff and cut the teachers who are our first step to making this country once great again," said Mottler.
18 teacher positions will now get layoff notices.
"But on top of that is also those 21 teachers that are listed further down in the contract that are temporary, which means at the end of the year they just go away," said Palm Springs Teacher's Association president, Beverly Bricker.
School officials say the cuts are because of a 2.5 million dollar deficit.
"We all regret that we have to be at this point still, four years ago we thought we would be past this crisis so its very hard on the board of education, its very hard on the people making the decision, it's very hard on the people who are affected," said Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Mauricio Arellano.
The teacher's association president says those cuts to teachers hurt students.
"When I started in 2007 we had 1275 members, now I'm just to a little bit over 1,100," said Bricker.
School budgets are in dire need of more revenue, and waiting to see if November's tax initiative passes.
"It's going to play a huge part because the proposed cut in order to the initiative failing is very large, and for us specifically I think its in the ballpark of 10 million dollars which is a major number to deal with, and when you've gone through four years of reductions to programs, reductions to support staff, there isn't really much more to cut," said Arellano.
Even if the tax initiative passes, school funding will remain at current levels, rather than dropping even more.
"It's not going to increase it, but education should be an investment, and sadly we don't seem to see it that way in California," said Bricker.
Mottler reaches into his own wallet to invest in his daughter's education.
"We reach into our pocket and take money, and make sure that the school has what they have, and a lot of other parents are doing that too, it's getting a lot harder than it was before, but you make sacrifices, so the sacrifices for our kids is most important I think."
The school board has until may to decide if those teacher layoff's will be final.