View Full Version : All SF Rachel Norton recaps Feb 28 education board meeting: layoffs will skip Superintendentís Zone schools

02-29-2012, 08:40 AM
From Rachel Norton's blog (http://rachelnorton.com/2012/02/29/feb-28-meeting-recap-layoffs-will-skip-superintendents-zone-schools/):

Despite some tears and a few tense exchanges between Board members and union leadership, the Board tonight voted 5-1 (Fewer, Mendoza, Norton, Wynns and Yee in favor, Maufas opposed, Murase absent) to:

Issue preliminary layoff notices to 123 administrators and 210 instructional staff (teachers, nurses, counselors, etc), as well as 35 early education employees and 106 paraprofessionals (91 others will see their hours potentially reduced);
Conduct layoffs according to seniority but skip certain high-need credential areas (math, science, bilingual or special education) and all teachers working in the 14 Superintendentís Zone schools (they are: Bryant ES, Bret Harte ES, Cesar Chavez ES, Carver ES, Drew ES, Flynn ES, John Muir ES, Malcolm X ES, Paul Revere K-8, Horace Mann/Buena Vista K-8, Everett MS, Mission HS, Thurgood Marshall HS, and John OíConnell HS).

No one likes layoffs, and authorizing the issuance of layoff notices is the toughest vote the Board takes each year. The process is flawed in many ways ó the state doesnít pass a budget until June (or often later) and yet state law requires districts to notify employees in March if they might not have a job in August. Uncertainty is bad for individual employees, for the administrators who donít know who will staff their classrooms in the coming year, and for students who donít know if their teachers will be there for them when they come back after the summer.

This year, the annual layoff discussion came with the added twist of skipping the Superintendentís Zone (SZ) schools. The Superintendent created the SZ in the 2010-11 school year, in an attempt to better focus resources on the districtís lowest performing schools and most underserved neighborhoods.

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