Teachers Brace for Layoffs on Day of the Teacher
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LA QUINTA- It's the day of the teacher, a time we are supposed to be celebrating them.But dozens of Coachella Valley teachers are feeling a little less appreciated with new layoffs approved.
"We have people doing more with less and less, and I think it behooves people like me to say thank you for staying in it," said Dean Vogel, President California Teacher's Association, as he visited local classrooms on the Day of the Teacher.
At Desert Sands Unified, 70 teachers in the district face
layoffs. In Palm Springs, the school board approved 18 teacher layoffs.
"All of the teachers that were on the layoff list this year were by
and large people who had gone through it before they knew the drill…Which is not a good place to be," said Beverly Bricker, President of the Palm Springs Teachers Association.
Palm Springs Unified School District officials hope to save at least seven jobs from the 18 if other teachers take an early retirement incentive package.
On this day, teachers unions are not only celebrating teachers they are also urging voters to approve Governor Brown's tax hike to fund education. The November ballot measure could save districts from laying off more teachers next year.
Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News.