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EDUCATION REPORT - Thousands of US Teachers Lose Jobs as States Cut Budgets

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Budget cuts have forced California and other states to reduce their number of teachers
Budget cuts have forced California and other states to reduce their number of teachers

This is the VOA Special English Education Report.

America's recession ended in June of two thousand nine but recovery has been slow. Many states face budget problems and have cut spending in areas including education.

In California, thousands of teachers have lost their jobs. Veronica Pellegrin received a layoff notice in the mail.

VERONICA PELLEGRIN: "Getting the letter and seeing [you] will no longer be employed, your services will no longer be required -- it is very disheartening, to say the least, and frustrating."

Sixty percent of the teachers at the Mariposa-Nabi primary school in Los Angeles have received layoff notices.

Salvador Rodriguez, the school principal, has been able to provide computers for his students.

SALVADOR RODRIGUEZ: "We have to keep going and make it the best year possible with all these changes."

But fewer teachers mean bigger classes at his school. Mr. Rodriguez says there used to be twenty students to a teacher. By next year, he expects nearly thirty students in a class.

SALVADOR RODRIQUEZ: "If you cut personnel, they can not give that individual attention."

Teachers say this is true especially in schools with large immigrant populations where English is not the first language of many students.

Los Angeles has the nation's second-largest public school system after New York City. The district has dismissed ten to twelve  percent of its staff during the past two years. About half of those laid off were teachers, says John Deasy, the head of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

JOHN DEASY: "The recession has had an enormous impact on the state budget and we have had a huge drop in funding."

An education professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, John Rogers, says other states have also laid off teachers.

JOHN ROGERS: "Some projections estimate that across the country, one hundred sixty thousand teachers have received layoff notices this spring."

But he says the situation in California is worse because the state was already facing a budget deficit before the recession. Also, California was spending less per student than the national average.

Primary and secondary schools in California receive most of their funding from the state government. AJ Duffy is president of the United Teachers Los Angeles union. Mr. Duffy says the amount of funding each year depends on the economy.

AJ DUFFY: "In the past two and a half to three years, we have lost twenty billion dollars in funding for public education."

And Superintendent John Deasy expects more changes if the state budget does not improve.

JOHN DEASY: "We are cutting all of our librarians, our nurses. We would be forced to close and consolidate schools."

Most California school districts have already reduced the number of days per year that students must attend classes. Other states are also talking about shortening the school year to save money.

And that's the VOA Special English Education Report. You can read and listen to this program and watch a related video at www.unsv.com. I'm Steve Ember.

网友的学习评论(35条):
作者:jinyiyu
So sad the news is! I am sorry for my counterparts in California and hope they can find new jobs soon.
作者:Rockychen
From the video, we can see a lot of scholl children have a palm. Is the palm provide by they parents or by school. If by school, would it be possible to consider cutting expenditure in such things. Are these things really necessary or helpful for teaching? Self-opinion only.
作者:Cathy
Unfair,teaching is one of the most dedicated jobs in the world,they can cut budget in many other fields,hope the situation will be better soon
作者:Walter
What's wrong with it? They can afford billions of billion on military while so stingy on education.
作者:Jackchan
we will warm welcome all the layoff teachers to come to China for teaching! In China, so many rubbish teachers who can't take their responsibility for teaching, only for money!
作者:ouyang
I want to say:how luck of ours.At least,we can contiune to work and do not worry about the working tomorrow.
作者:peace
lose future competition
作者:风之尘
It is similar to the chinese education in future.
作者:dong
Fortunately I am not a teacher, but I am sorry to hear that.
作者:Flybird
Even so ,American education is still much better than present Chinese education !But I'm sorry to hear that!
作者:Blue wind
So sad to hear the news, the same as china, many graduates from normal university can't find a proper job.
作者:岩风
so surprise to hear that ,the president obalak obama said he would put more emphisis on education,how can conifonia cut expenses on educating....
作者:yangming
In my opinin, the education is the most importent thing.
作者:ben151
economic is important for everything
作者:djtu
The education is the basis of the development of any country.
作者:Enson
per American current status,Obama should cut state budget on military,after all,Osama bin Laden was catched and sentenced to death already,maybe Obama didn't think so,just a joke!
作者:Charlie Zhang
Cutting budget is the right thing to do for future generations in United States
作者:Charlie Zhang
Cutting budget is the right thing to do for future generations in United States
作者:滕飞
in such condition one teacher must face the bigger class and teach more students,but it still is better than CHINA.
作者:Alexander An
my god
作者:Alexander An
in china the unemployment ratio is not optimistical and our social security system is not matured. when we lose a job , we would encounter with much of challege of living for ourself and our family. but in USA perfect social support and aid system well developed and the average CHOWs don't have to worry about the strong impact on their life and future after being dismissed,
作者:Alexander An
that's why 2008 strong economic recess did not spark the bankruptcy of the state and social rioting ,that's the difference and experience for us
we have the differnent culture, and the different society systerm. that's why we have so suprise for this things
作者:leehui
comparing to our nation's situation:the government countinue improving the payment of teachers,so sarcastic
作者:Stella
Sorry to hear this
作者:向琴
Education is very impeotant for the children, so I hope the goverment do something which can help them.
作者:Freddy
The education area is essential for a country. that a pity.
作者:challenge
The education present the country's future!Children is the bloom of a country.
作者:ice
I dont't think it is a good way to solve the problem.
作者:sherry
Education is most important things. If people are not well educated, the country can't be developed well. I think America should cut the state budget on other areas instead of Education. Withdrawing troops from other country can cut down the spending on the minitary. I agreed that there will be big impact on immigrant students because they can't get special attention from teacher who have to take care of more students than before. It is terrible.
作者:Sharry
I just think education is a very important part for the development of a country, if a country choose to cut the spending of education, clearly, that's not a wise decision, I think. But maybe we need to take American present situation into account, they just have no chose? God bless them!
作者:XYM
Education is most important things. If people are not well educated, the country can't be developed well.
作者:sally
We can not deny that education and economy belong so well. Education plays an important part in a country's development , any way or under any circumstances, we will keep our educantion going well at all our efforts.
作者:Aaron
Does every children have a netbook?
作者:chuttle
I do not believe in this news!
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