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Re: Curious about the state of other States?

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JoChaNaLA_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon Mar 18 2002 - 13:26:03 PST


Larry,
    I'm sorry to here the position you are in with your job. It is not any
better here on the central west coast in California. Last year, I was pink
slipped three months after being hired. I made the move to the area and gave
up a tenured position of six years. Forty teachers in the district were
layed-off causing many to move to different districts and forcing others to
retire or to take part-time positions. I was offered part-time this year and
I am at a different school with the hopes of going full-time next year. My
department was cut from 33 sections to 15. Many years of hard work to
develop courses in the arts just disappeared. Such a shame that electives
take such a back seat in education.
    So far this spring I have heard of other schools as far south as Santa
Barbara and Ventura being forced to close schools and/or lay off teachers.
Most of this is due to housing storages and low student populations. Three
elementary schools are being closed and consolidated here in my district.
    Unfortunately, politics and the economy dictate our schools.
Good Luck,
California Central Coast

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