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Hundreds protest possible teacher layoffs

March 14, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The possibility of layoffs at schools across California has rallied concerned parents and teachers. It brought hundreds of people out to protest in Pico Rivera.Hundreds of people also showed up at the school board meeting Thursday night. The state budget crisis means $5 billion could be cut from education. It's estimated that as many as 80 teachers in the El Rancho Unified School District could lose their jobs.

"One of my main concerns are the students. They are going to be over packed in one classroom, they aren't going to have a lot of opportunities in the education system," said elementary school teacher Janet Alonzo.

Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed the cuts to deal with a $16 billion state deficit.

School districts have until Mar. 15 to notify employees their jobs may be eliminated next school year. The notices do not necessarily guarantee that jobs will be cut.

 

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