By the end of this week, more than 800 Oakland school district employees will have received a letter warning of a possible layoff. Here’s the pink slip lowdown from the district office (Note: These figures are different than the ones in a flyer that’s circulating at some schools):
- 762 employees whose salaries come from one of the state’s special-purpose funds — even if it’s just part of their salary. Adult education is taking a big hit, since the state is permanently cutting its funding by about 20 percent. But teachers, support staff, coaches and teachers in other “categorically funded” state programs got the dreaded slip, too.
- 18 temporary teachers, working on one-year contracts
- 47 first- and second-year teachers, those without tenure who are sometimes called “probationary teachers.” (Not all of those potential releases are budget-related. At last night’s school board meeting, a number of Joaquin Miller Elementary School parents and teachers protested the pink slipping of second-year kindergarten teacher Sylviane Cohn, saying she received positive evaluations, that she was highly regarded by parents and staff, and that they were suspicious of the school principal’s reasons for letting her go.)
- 5 untenured administrators (Also, these aren’t necessarily budget related.)
In addition, Flint said, said 61 teachers and supervisors will receive notice that they might be moved to a different school.
Tomorrow, the deadline for teachers to receive these warning letters, happens to be Friday the 13th. If you see a lot of people wearing pink, that’s because it’s been dubbed “Pink Friday.” I’ve heard of at least three Oakland protests planned for 4 p.m. tomorrow — one in Rockridge (51st Street and Broadway), one at the West Oakland BART Station, and one in the Laurel District (35th Avenue and MacArthur).
What programs are being hit the hardest by these potential layoffs and cutbacks? Let us know.