Thousands of San Diego Teaching Jobs in Danger

2 04 2009

Many San Diego teaching jobs are on the line.

Earlier this week, officials from the San Diego Unified School District said they may layoff 1,000 teachers and 500 non-teaching staff next year in an effort to fill a budget gap that’s expected to reach $141 million. The layoffs would affect everyone from teachers to librarians to nurses.

According to an article by the San Diego Union-Tribune, the district has been able to avoid laying off teachers in the past by eliminating vacant positions and reducing other staff numbers. More than 500 central office jobs were cut just last year.

So what teachers will get to stay? Officials say those with seniority, those who teach important classes that are harder to fill, and those with cross-credentials will have the best chances of keeping their jobs. That means teachers of art, music, and some non-traditional languages will be the hardest-hit.

It’s important to remember that if you’re looking to fill any positions the district may have open, or if you get laid off and are looking for a new teaching job, you will most likely have to undergo a California background check (Click here).

The job cuts must be approved by the school board before any action is taken, and many of the layoffs could be avoided if the general public votes in favor of Proposition J, a parcel tax that would bring in $50 million during each of the next five years.

The San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos’ areas education and health services industry employed 144,000 workers during August, which is up from 143,200 workers during July and a 1.8 percent increase from last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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