The Oakland school district administration has sent preliminary layoff notices to up to 60 58 of its 2,300 teachers and counselors – in addition to including five part-time counselors, nine adult education teachers and 44 teachers who apparently have not received a mandated state certification to teach English learners, Troy Christmas, the director of labor relations just told me.
Note: These are tenured employees, and the layoff notices are not final. They mean that the teachers might not be employed by OUSD in the fall.
(This number has changed throughout the day; it was exceedingly difficult to pin down, for some reason. My apologies.)
This is the first time since I’ve covered Oakland schools that the district has sent out these “Reduction in Force” slips, a sign of just how tough the going is. OUSD plans to cut $85 million from its total budget (and $37 million from its general purpose fund) next year.
Here’s an explanation of the process from Spokesman Troy Flint:
In the event that the layoff is upheld and the Governing Board votes to eliminate the positions, employees will receive a May 15 notice that their position is eliminated and that they will be placed on a reemployment list which provides them with priority reemployment rights based on seniority.
In addition to the layoffs, 47 temporary and untenured teachers (those in their first or second years) learned they wouldn’t be asked to return in the fall. The district doesn’t have to give a reason for letting these people go, though the school board might end up rescinding some of these notices, as they have in the past.
Also: 226 teachers and 89 administrators whose salaries are funded by special-purpose funds learned that they might be shifted to other jobs in the district — or, if they are not tenured, that they might lose their jobs. Some of those teachers also received pink slips.
How are you — or your school — being affected by these notices?