Teachers Agree to 12 Unpaid Furlough Days

The deal is an attempt to avoid layoffs, school officials say.


UPDATE: This story was modified at 8:09 p.m. Thursday with the result of talks between a teacher's union and the .

Temecula teachers agreed to take as many as 13 unpaid furlough days during the next two years, according to a proposed agreement between the district and the teachers' union.

The plan will save the district $10.5 million if other classified employees take the same deal, though this will still be insufficient to avoid layoffs, Superintendent Tim Ritter told the Press-Enterprise.

"We didn't have a perfect solution this year," he said to the Californian newspaper. "Even with those personal sacrifices, it's not enough to save all those jobs."

As many as 120 teachers may be laid off due to a projected $23 million shortfall in the schools budget for the next fiscal year.

The state is ultimately responsible for the cuts, , and he urged parents to oppose the state's proposed budget.

Critics accuse the Governor of balancing the budget at the expense of California students.

“It’s balancing the budget on the backs of these kindergartners and their families,” state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, a member of the Senate Education Committee, told the San Francisco Examiner.

Governor Jerry Brown said the education cuts -- in addition to those in welfare, Medi-Cal and childcare services -- were not pleasant, but may be necessary to cut the deficit.

"Were making some very painful reductions," Brown said during a press conference in January. "This is not nice stuff."

in a protest against the proposed budget cuts.

Mark Monroe April 20, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Very sad day The State must have a law to have a balanced budget.
Roger W April 20, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Everyone is at fault, from the public that do not do their research on whom they are electing into office as well as propositions, public school systems that spend money foolishly over years,demands of Unions, to politicians who do not have financial knowledge. Parents need to help at schools more, and then they would be able to see the positives and negatives in the public school system spending. Parents that are unemployed need to help out in the schools, and they can see the teachers at work or lack of. I see a large amount of teachers complaining when I volunteer. I have no compassion. I am a retired teacher from many years ago. I see a lot of wasted time and money by teachers themselves. Administrations needs to learn to multi task and downsize, they are to blame too. When I was at Duck Pond, I was looking at all the signs and handouts, thinking, "What assignments do they have planned for their students over furlough days?" None I bet. They get all of June and July off, and many days off during the year. They can adjust their living style to their new budget just like the rest of middle class America. That budget has nothing to do with education, it has to do with salaries and pensions. If you cannot teach a K-5 child common English, Math and Science without all the foolish spending you should not be teaching. Parents need to supplement education at home. School administrators need to cut assistant jobs. All public should know who they are voting into office.
David Shisler April 20, 2012 at 07:35 PM
For the kids Dads been good to me, he pays me $5. to cut the grass, alot more than what other kids are getting, and I like doing the job. The yard isn't the best looking, but its ok. Today Dad told me he can't afford to pay me $5, times are bad, he can afford only $4.50. I said I'll help but I'm not going to cut the whole lawn, it's the best I can do. The lawn doesn't look so good anymore. Dad who has always awarded me, is now alittle mad at me. Dad=State Kid= Teacher Lawn= student (you)
CA Dude April 20, 2012 at 07:38 PM
EMPLOYMENT in the Inland Empire is only 62%. Do the math and if you don like the results there is ample availability of private schools in Temecula. Why should public education be immune to the financial crises? If all teachers forfeited their health benefits they would not need to be laid off.
Jeff April 20, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Why the anger towards public workers? When the private sector wants the best and brightest (think Wall Street) they pay top dollar, but heaven forbid the public sector pay people a livable wage to work. Teachers pay into those health benefits you think they should just cut. Just because times are tough doesn't mean we should toss our education system in the trash. No one has a problem with huge spending on infrastructure…"I need 6 lanes of car free commute to my job!" Ugh!
Troy April 20, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Well said sir!
KB April 21, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Well said. Most want teachers to be paid a decent salary and benefits, but now it is way out of hand to the point that public employees have bankrupted the state. And this fall they are asking voters for even more money, when we are already heavily taxed. The schools have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Public employees salaries and benefits need to be drastically cut back, and now!
DC April 21, 2012 at 04:23 AM
California is 47th in the nation in per pupil spending, and you think the schools have a spending problem?! (We are also 50th in the nation for class size.)
David Shisler April 21, 2012 at 06:02 AM
The average teachers pay in California is ranked #1 in the nation,$59,825 Starting salary ranked #9 at $35,760 Out of 150,917,733 wage earners in the US their pay is 81.80% higher than and 18.20% less than, and you say we're 50th in class room size, there must be foolish spending.
gordon April 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM
rather interesting allegory, David. so times are tough; costs on everything are going up, or maybe worse, dad lost his job. dad can't afford to pay his son's entire allowance. so the kid punishes his family by letting the appearance of the house run down despite the fact that he has a roof over his head and three meals, hopefully, a day. Quite a selfish act, David, if what you described is the attitude of the teachers. instead of taking pay cuts, they opt for days off in order to punish the public and their students, who then flounder. here's a suggestion for all of those kid-teachers out there with this mentality. stop supporting the political party that would rather throw taxpayer dollars at useless and wasteful government giveaway programs. then do what the rest of us do in private industry when times get tough. either continue to give 100% to produce a quality product (educated child), or find another job.
Jeff April 21, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Pretty sad that you believe that public employees don't contribute$$$$ to society. And now you are hating on skateboarders? Teachers and public employees do pay for their benefits! Also what type of society do we want? I for one don't want one based on buying goods from Best Buy and destroying our community for some rocks to build more roads and homes.
TVOR April 21, 2012 at 09:56 PM
The biggest issue we have with the budget for school is that people keep going to the ballot box and sending this state further down the tubes with bond measures and the like. I wish people would educate themselves about some simple principles of finance. If we can't pay for it we shouldn't get it. People need to pull their head out and tell these STUPID politicians they foolishly elected that we will not spend money we don't have anymore.
Cik Bast April 23, 2012 at 01:56 AM
For the kids Dads been good to me, he pays me $5 a week to cut the grass. That’s alot more than what other kids are getting, and I like doing the job. He even tells me that after I’ve been doing the job for a month, I get tenure, which means he can’t fire me unless I do something illegal, and in addition to that, I get the entire summer off with pay! The yard isn't the best looking; as a matter of fact I neglect it because this guy dad is a sucker. Today, a month and a half later, Dad told me he can't afford to pay me $5, times are bad, he can afford only $4.50. I said screw you Dad, I’m tenured. I'm calling the Union. I never really did a decent job on the lawn because I knew I'd get paid for just getting by, and there were never any metrics written into my contract that I had to be accountable for anyway; so who cares. Dad=State Kid= Teacher Lawn= student (you)
Jerilynn Jacobson June 14, 2012 at 01:16 AM
This is called hate the teacher - it is their fault that our state has no idea what it is doing with money. Blame educators. Our state spends almost the least of all 50 on its kids because they aren't a priority, and a union keeps foolish administrators who turn over every few years from picking a teacher or two to victimize. This has nothing to do with reality but rather fallacy in the minds of a few. Teachers have families to support who go to school also just like the rest of everyone and go to work and actually work themselves - screw that lawn analogy. A lot of you people are really ignorant. One rotten egg does not mean the whole batch is bad.
KB June 14, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I hope the public at large wises up to the various teacher union tactics. Personally, I don't want to hear anymore of their complaining - they're already overpaid as it is. Try surviving in the real world - aka the private sector. Good Luck.


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