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.
This video reports that Rhode Island schools are planning teacher layoffs.
Teachers in Rhode Island are not comforted by that news, and the president of the Providence Teachers' Union, Steve Smith, called the move "insane."