Gov.-elect Jerry Brown told educators today at a Los Angeles budget conference to “fasten your seat belts,” AP is reporting.
Ed Source tells us just how bad it might get in a new report detailing the extra pressures facing California’s public schools. Not only are districts dealing with the latest budget in state history, but they are receiving delayed payments — last year’s money this year. The report also notes that layoffs will likely continue in many places, even though staffing ratios in our state are 25 percent below the national average.
The Center for Teaching and Learning also released a report today about the lousy economy’s effect on the teaching profession. Schools are hiring fewer teachers, and the teaching force has shrunk by about 3 percent in two years. The number of first- and second-year teachers in 2009-10 (18,000) was half of what it was in 2007-08 (36,000), and there are fewer in the pipeline as well.
Those who remain, the authors note, are often left with more students and even more responsibilities.
Now that I’ve brightened your dreary Tuesday afternoon … what are your budget predictions?