California Teachers Union Looking at Large Lay Offs

As teachers look at options for careers outside of a classroom it is clear that getting a Masters Degree in Education; at least today, is not the best choice. Today getting a masters in curriculum or administration might be the way to go. This way if the career in education stalls during these economic times a move into the private sector might be easier. Becoming a training expert for a private company, or finding work in government developing plans on how to do more with less are becoming possibly the best options.
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Union: 19K teacher layoff slips so far in Calif

School districts in California have issued nearly 19,000 layoff notices so far to teachers amid uncertainty over the state budget, the California Teachers Association estimated Tuesday.

The union announced its estimate of preliminary notices on the day school districts must let employees know they could lose their jobs.
Some districts had yet to fully report how many warnings had been distributed as they prepare for worst-case budget scenarios. The union said it expects to have a final count Friday.
Its early estimate includes almost 500 school employees in San Francisco, 540 in Oakland, nearly 900 in San Diego, and about 5,000 educators in Los Angeles.
The situation is not unique to California. School districts throughout the country are warning of cutbacks involving teacher and other employees, as state legislatures seek to close massive budget shortfalls by cutting education spending.

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