Estimated 150 San Francisco teachers to be laid off, district says 

An estimated 150 certified employees from the San Francisco Unified School District will receive layoff notices this week, according to district officials.

School district officials hope to rescind as many notices as possible, but the continued dire outlook of the economy could make these layoffs permanent.

The school district — which is required by state law to issue 60-day notices to teachers and administrators — will give 139 teachers and 13 administrators their walking papers. The district’s board of education will approve a resolution tonight to issue the layoffs.

In March, the district gave 140 teachers notices of potential layoffs and 139 administrator’s notice of potential layoffs. School districts around the state must issue layoffs by May 15.

The district has 3,323 teachers and 228 school administrators and principals.

The cuts to staff come in one of the worst budget years. This school year and next, San Francisco Unified has already cut $113 million from its general operating budget. Because of a further decline in the economy, the school district is anticipating a further reduction of funds by nearly $27 million next school year.

The fate of the 108 teacher aides, however, is still unknown. These employees who also received the March 15 notification, only need to be given a 30 day notice if the district will no longer be able to retain them. That deadline would come June 1.

The school district and many other agencies will have a better picture of their fiscal outlook following the governor’s May revise, which is expected to be released May 16. Notices may be rescinded anytime before the start of the next school year.

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