A third-grade teacher at local School Laid-Off fifth year in a row
The number of teachers receiving pink slip notices this year is down dramatically.
Some 2,500 California teachers received layoff notices this week, compared to 20,000 last year, according to figures from the California Federation of Teachers.
But not everyone avoided the dreaded pink slip notices. Megan Kashing, a third-grade teacher at Rescue Elementary School in El Dorado County, received one in the mail just this week.
"This has been the fifth year in a row that I've been laid off," Kashing told KCRA 3. "It started in 2008. This year, I was actually very surprised to receive a layoff notice because Prop 30 passed."
When Proposition 30 passed last year, many California voters expected to see full funding for schools -- and an end to teacher pink slips. But that hasn't been the case in the Rescue Union School District.
"On Tuesday, they pink-slipped 14 actual bodies. And I'm wearing pink today because this is the official March 15 layoff notice. So we're wearing pink to protest the layoffs," said Lynn Simpkin, a teacher at Marina Village Middle School in Rescue.
But the Rescue layoffs are an exception to the rule.
By contrast, pink slips at Modesto City Schools dropped this year to just 10, compared to 76 last year. At the Stockton Unified School District, 33 teachers received pink slips this year, down from 132 last year. And at the Sacramento City Unified School District, 118 notices went out this week, way below last year's 459.
But many teachers are wondering why any teachers at all are getting pink slips, given the passage of Prop 30.