Rhode Island Offering Pink Slips to All
Rhode Island may be one of the most dramatic examples of the results of state budget cuts. According to a report in the Providence Journal, Providence had a $57 million shortfall in their budget last year, and they expect the deficit to go even higher this year. The city is planning to pass out pink slips to every single teacher this month, in preparation for the expected layoffs that are to come. Because school officials aren't sure how many staff members will have to be let go, they have decided to issue pink slips to everyone who might find themselves on the chopping block at some point.
According to the New York Times, New York area schools are a prime example of the nationwide budget struggles facing public school leaders. For example, just two weeks before the start of the 2009-2010 school year, approximately 1,800 teaching jobs in various New York City public schools remained vacant. While school leaders desperately wanted to fill the teaching job openings, reduced operating funds left leaders with very limited options. In fact, the Education Department enforced a mandatory hiring freeze in the spring of 2009, prohibiting the hiring of new and/or returning teachers until further notice.
Fewer Funds Equals Fewer Teachers
On the west coast, North Clackamas School District, located in Oregon, has also experienced significant challenges due to the wavering economy. According to Oregon Live News, North Clackamas schools were forced to send lay-off notices to 60 teachers in late August—just