A Review of the Teacher Layoff Process in California
March 22, 2012
Reductions to school district budgets over the past five years have resulted in a sharp decline in the teacher workforce, with the number of full–time teachers decreasing by 32,000 since 2007–08. This has led to an increased focus on how the teacher layoff process works. This report gives an overview of the existing layoff process, evaluates how well the process is working, and makes recommendations for improving its effectiveness. For our analysis, we distributed a survey to all public school districts in the state asking them about their implementation of the teacher layoff process, used information provided by two state agencies--the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)--and included information from the California Teachers Association (CTA).