Check out this article from KPBS yesterday.
“Let’s rescind the layoffs for next year, have a full compliment of teachers in our classrooms and nurses and counselors,” he said. “When we go insolvent we’ll at least have our classrooms fully staffed and we don’t have to sell our land in a fire sale.”
Trustee John Lee Evans disagreed with Barnett stating ” the
insolvency proposal will only cause panic for families and
In fact, Evans’ response is very revealing. In an interview with the Voice of San Diego Evans admits that the negotiated salary restorations for teachers will cost the District $21 million next year. Meanwhile, Evans and company are demanding $50 million in concessions, but have laid off $124 million worth of teachers (layoffs they’ve offered to undo if they get $50 million in concessions). It’s time for the District to stop fear-mongering and blaming their problems on teacher “raises” and look at the many other budget solutions available to them—solutions that don’t balance the budget on the backs of students and teachers.