On Friday, I posted the districtwide list of potential layoff notices that will likely be delivered next week to more than 500 teachers.
Today, each principal learned how his or her staff would be affected, based on seniority lists provided by the district. I talked to one today who said all but one of his 16 teachers (a few are teaching on temporary contracts) will receive a March 15 notice. Yesterday, another principal told me she expected at least 11 of her 16 teachers would be pink-slipped.
It seems like the schools that are being hit the hardest are those that are new and/or those that experience high staff turnover as it is. This, of course, could lead to even higher attrition; even if a teacher’s layoff notice is rescinded, she might end up taking another job in the meantime.
How can a school recover from such a destabilizing event? Should there be safeguards in place to protect schools from losing more than a certain number of teachers? What is the situation at your school?
Note: I’ve requested a report with the number of layoff notices, by school.