State Report Recommends Changes in Teacher Layoffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A report says California school districts should revamp the way they lay off teachers and that more pink slips are issued than necessary. The state legislative analyst’s office report released Thursday says that the state’s notification timeline is out of sync with the state’s budget process, forcing districts to make an educated guess about how much money they’ll have for the next fiscal year. The report recommends that initial layoff notices be given later in the year, on June 1, and final notices be pushed back to August 1. The report also suggests that student performance, teacher quality, classroom management, teacher attendance and truancy and leadership be factored into decisions that would help districts retain the most qualified workers.

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