Alice Coopers Dream!! 9500 Teacher pink slips given in Los Angles Schools
L.A. Unified has reacted to its budget problems and has been "excessive" in issuing 9,500 pink slips to teachers, librarians, nurses, and school counselors, said UTLA President Warren Fletcher today.
Fletcher, who made an appearance at the California Market Center downtown today for the start of the first day of "RIF hearings," criticized the district for its cuts to arts, adult and early education. He said many of the teachers at the hearing were ones who taught those subjects.
He called the process "stressful and sometimes humiliating" and unfair to teachers, who have to take a personal day to attend the hearings. No spokesperson for L.A. Unified was available for comment.
Fletcher said the union understands that L.A. Unified is experiencing a difficult budget year, with a $390 million shortfall and a changing state budget picture, but he said reaching for preliminary pink slips was not the way to respond.