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Legislation Would Extend 'Pink Slip Deadline' for School Districts from May 15 to June 15

By Jeff Hudson - May 1, 2009

A proposed bill in the California Assembly would extend the "pink slip deadline" for layoffs of certificated employees in California school districts from May 15 to June 15, for this year only.

Assemblyman Jim Silva (R-Huntington Beach) introduced AB 32 as urgency legislation on April 21.  The bill requires a two-thirds vote by the legislature for approval, and (with the Governor's signature) would take effect immediately.

With several ballot propositions that could dramatically impact the state's level of funding for K-12 school districts going before California voters in a special election on May 19, and many districts will waiting to receive federal stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, many school districts would face tough decisions if they are forced to make a decision on layoff notices by May 15.

"School districts shouldn't be forced to issue layoff notices until they are able to determine what effects this special election and revised budget will have on their own budgets," Assemblyman Silva said. "As a former teacher myself, I know this will only serve to hurt employee morale. Forcing schools to issue final layoff notices before the 'May Revise' is released isn't fair to teachers or to schools."

Due to the special election, Governor Schwarzenegger is not expected to release his revised budget until June this year.

EdBrief readers may recall our February 6 opinion piece on this subject, calling on the state to give school districts more time to make staffing decisions:

Click here to read the article in Edbrief archives.

Editor's Note: Jeff Hudson is the editor of EdBrief and an award-winning education reporter and writer in print, radio and television media.