The two most liberal states in the union, California and Massachusetts are both in a financial crises. With rampant thievery of taxpayers money, bribery from the likes of Senator Diane Wilkerson of Massachusetts who has been operating under a “protected blanket for some reason for over fifteen years. Everyone knew she was on the take, but it too an undercover agent with a camera to finally put the proof positive on her. Out of control pensions where the last three years of a state worker are artificially boosted so that your pension is alot higher than it should be? What unwritten law is that?? Yet, it continues. Tom Finneran, former MA Speaker of the House, criminal, disbarred, yet now has a talk show and is working his state connections to get his lawyering license back. You watch, it will happen. Welcome to the Democratic states of disillusionment, graft, stupidity, arrogance, and nimbyism.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – In a spring rite that has become as predictable as cherry blossoms in the nation’s capital, public school employees throughout California warned of wrenching classroom cuts as local officials faced a deadline for issuing layoff notices to educators.
The state Department of Education estimates that preliminary pink slips will have been handed to 26,500 teachers by the Sunday cutoff – two-and-a-half times as many as were issued last year. Another 15,000 bus drivers, janitors, secretaries and administrators also were expected to receive the written warnings, said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell.
Because of the state’s less-than-rosy economic outlook, California’s 1,000 K-12 school districts have been instructed to absorb more than $8 billion in funding cuts over the next year. To draw attention to the situation, teachers and parents wore pink clothes and waved pink protest signs for a day California’s largest teachers’ union dubbed “Pink Friday.”
Rosemarie Ochoa, a fifth-grade teacher who’s in her third year with the San Lorenzo Unified School District, said she was pulled out of class Monday by a district official bearing a pink slip.
“I smiled at her because I knew what she was there for,” said Ochoa, 28, who was among 76 of the district’s 640 teachers who got a notice this week. “Then I had to go back to my students and retain my composure.”
But in another annual ritual, many, if not most, of the early layoff notices could end up being withdrawn by June, especially if the state can devote some of its federal stimulus money to education, officials said.
Six years ago, for example, all but 3,000 of the 20,000 teacher pink slips that went out statewide were rescinded.
O’Connell, who donned a pink tie for an appearance at Gianola’s school Friday, allowed that tens of thousands of teachers were unlikely to be let go, but said that with so huge a budget gap to fill, schools would probably increase class sizes, reduce library hours and lose counselors.
Ochoa said officials in San Lorenzo, a working class suburb 15 miles east of San Francisco, told her that some of the cuts probably would be permanent as the district planned to increase primary grade class sizes to save money.
Another unknown is whether the state’s financial picture will worsen in the months ahead. If voters do not approve the spending package that will be the subject of a special election in May, schools would have to cut even more deeply and be unable to avert mass layoffs, he said.
“The cuts we are experiencing in public education are debilitating. These cuts have real consequences for real students,” he said.
O’Connell, a Democrat who is considering a run for governor next year, said the dispiriting cycle would continue until state officials find a long-term and reliable way to pay for schools.