Florida Department Of Education
August 6, 2010 by USA Post
Florida Department Of Education, MIAMI – AP – Gretchen Marfisi was enjoying his summer, reading a book when the call came: The school where he taught art would not hire her back in the fall.
Impressed, the art teacher with 27 years of work experience spent anxious weeks searching, only to be rehired by the Broward County School District.
That was last year. This year, Marfisi went through the same routine – who was fired earlier this summer, and then called again on Thursday.
“Why are you shooting us?” Marfisi said, her voice ringing with frustration. “Besides giving us all the gray hair and wrinkles, there seems to be a lot of logic in question.”
The teachers call the “yo-yo.” school budgets, compared to severe reductions in government funding, cut and layoffs are made, but some or even all of the teachers are hired back during the summer as civil servants for the money.
This year, many teachers and other public employees are anxiously waiting to see if you are waiting and 26 billion stimulus bill – which passed in the Senate this week – out of the unemployment line.
The state and local governments cut 29,500 education jobs in July, bringing total cuts this year to 61 800. More layoffs are likely to face further states yawning budget gaps. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that states will have to close the total deficit of 120 billion and in fiscal year 2012 that begins next July 1.
The 26 billion and the measure passed Thursday is less than was initially supported by the Education Secretary Arne Duncan, but will provide 16 million dollars to help states balance their budgets and Medicaid and 10 million for grants to school districts to avoid layoffs.
Republicans strongly opposed the measure, denouncing it as another federal bailout the government can not afford and calling it a gift for public employee unions.
For educators across the country, has been a rollercoaster of emotions as the money to save thousands of jobs have been stalled in Congress and the unions and administrators discussed how to re-employ laid-off teachers.
Ebersbach Dave lost his job as a math teacher this summer, and spends every day in the hope that his poor school in Ohio called and offered his position back.
“My biggest is that I want to go back to school I was less for students,” said Ebersbach, 43, one of 14 math teachers Toledo school district to be alerted a few weeks ago that their jobs . “We are in a high poverty school is one thing that students need more than anything else is consistency. And you will not get it.”
The money from Congress could help fill part of that void. But until the districts actually have money in hand, thousands of teachers to wait in limbo not knowing if they will have jobs when school starts in a few weeks.
Data provided by the U.S. Department of Education on how many jobs the bill is expected to read the background of a patient’s medical history battered: 16,500 in California. In Texas, 14,500. More than 9,000 in Florida. Some 161 000 teaching jobs across the country at all.
“The Senate amendment will go a long way to protect these jobs and ensure that U.S. educators are working to educate our way to a better economy,” said Duncan. “This is what needs to be done for students and teachers from the United States of America.”
Throughout the summer, many districts had lost hope that Congress will deliver any money, and hastened to find other ways to bring back teachers, offering early retirement incentives and negotiation of days off without pay.
In Iowa, where 1,500 redundancies were announced earlier this year, the Des Moines district has called back all but 30 of the 173 teachers who were dismissed. Twyla Woods, the district chief of staff, said it opened an early retirement option and hope to have overall wear to bring back the remaining teachers.
In Santa Cruz, California, 82 teachers were fired and hired back this spring again this summer, also in large part to a negotiated retirement incentive that 41 workers who opt for inside. Teachers also agreed to take days off without pay. The entry-level salary in the district is 40,000.
The efforts of all the jobs saved, but are not considered long-term solutions.
In other districts, it was no solution at all, leaving hundreds without jobs and with the hope of federal money.
Marfisi has canceled a family vacation and put their lives on hold before being called back on Thursday. She is now preparing to unpack all their boxes of teaching materials, again.
“It’s a relief to get a paycheck,” said Marfisi. “It’s very weird and strange emotionally. Only in the process that makes you feel like garbage.”
Mike Langyel, president of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association, concerns about long-term effects this round of layoffs will have on the teaching career.
“We need not turn this into a job at Wal-Mart, where you are in for a while and you’re out,” said Langyel.
Teachers say the effect on morale has been overwhelming.
“Someone told me:” Teacher: I was a field that was recession proof, “Ebersbach said.” I’m in a shot from 1950 to 1950. “
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