The three-day job fair, called the Hillsborough Schools Expo, is being attended by hundreds of teachers from all over the country.
School teachers in the Los Angeles United School District avoided the possibility of mass layoffs by agreeing to a salary cut.The salary cuts will save around 5,000 jobs. This means that around 1,700 elementary and secondary teaching positions will be saved.
Teaching assistants in North Carolina facing the axe may be saved by a bill proposed by Republican leaders. The teaching assistants that will be laid off under the original plan are those working in classrooms for grades 1 through 3.
The notices did not come as a complete surprise to most employees. The rising teacher salaries and cuts in the school budgets had pretty much guaranteed the fact that some positions would have to be eliminated.
The layoff notices were issued on March 15 and the school district has been the center of media attention because of protests from parents, students, and teachers. The hearings have already started on Monday and will continue into May.
Most school districts have been saying that nonteaching staff and administrators will be targeted first rather than teachers. But hundreds of teachers in Connecticut have gotten layoff notices.
In Indiana, Indianapolis Public Schools, the state’s largest, will layoff 271 teachers. This includes 200 elementary teachers, 40 middle and high school teachers and 21 special education instructors.
EducationCrossing CEO A. Harrison Barnes thinks teaching jobs in public schools are not the safe lifetime jobs anywhere in the country anymore. “But private schools are always hiring, as are public school districts in affluent areas.
The bill would allow current teachers to retain their pay based on the old seniority model. But new teachers would have less job security.
EducationCrossing CEO A. Harrison Barnes thinks teaching jobs in public schools are not the safe lifetime jobs they once were. “But private schools are always hiring.