Teacher’s day won’t be very favorable for some teachers in some parts of the United States. Not only teachers has the probabilities of losing their jobs next month but including school nurses, librarians, school administrators, and school bus drivers as well.
Plus, the possibility of changing the bargaining of public workers is at hand which will mean compromising some trade union rights and limiting teacher negotiations. While many layoff notices are coming way too fast before teachers can even prepare themselves for a probable temporary leave. National Education Association director Kim Anderson describes this as a massive attack against teachers of the nation.
Education experts find this phenomenon as the worst teacher layoff of the year. The blood line for education funds seems to be raveled and dried to the seams. The federal stimulus and property taxes are seriously exhausted “which is the major source of funding for education.
The budget hole amounting as much as $27 billion is pulling the entire designated fund for education by $9 billion which torn Texas lawmakers to under fund education, and compromise teacher welfare or trading off other budgets in order to cover the deficit in education funds.
Los Angeles does have the same problem. Teachers are being prepared for a 7,032 employee layoff which will include 4,485 teachers. For a $408 million budget deficit, even the proposal of a special election in June in order to extend tax hikes might not be a full solution to the deficit. However, this will give the state an additional $183 million. The state also requested for a seven-day leave which will save up to $100 million as well as unions to cover some portions of the school employees’ health care premium.
Another attack on teacher’s right is the disregarding of teacher unions in order to hike employee fees to further add up to the dying budget. Governors and lawmakers are saying that their will be quicker fund raise due to employee contribution requirements.
In Tennessee, a bill removing teacher collective bargaining had been approved. However, teacher union officials argue that the elimination of collective bargaining will hurt the collaboration of teachers which is critical for school success. The contracts are essential in regulating classes, amount of time set aside for planning, and extra duties for teachers. Dealing with disputes will also be harder this time because of the elimination of collective bargaining.
According to teachers, the elimination of collective bargaining is like taping their mouths and stopping them to provide inputs for the success of the education system. Teachers feel that they have something to say when it comes to school safety, class sizes, and other educational issues. This is defiantly not a cool gift for our educators in this coming teacher appreciation week.