Updated: 5:13 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 | Posted: 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011
CMS Budget Cuts Could Mean Hundreds Of Teacher Layoffs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Margaret Goodwin said she loved being a teacher. But now, she spends her day looking for a new job and taking care of her granddaughter.
Goodwin's dream job came to a sudden end last June when she was laid off one year short of her tenure year.
Laid-Off CMS Teacher Discusses Budget Cuts
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is preparing to lay off hundreds more teachers, and Goodwin said she thinks veteran teachers have the advantage.
“If you are an untenured teacher, unless you're in a critical area, really, start going ahead, making plans (and) looking at other options,” she said.
The 2011-12 proposed budget calls for a $100 million reduction. The cuts could cost up to 600 teachers their jobs.
“It's so necessary and vital for us to be in the classroom so we can give the children the quality education they deserve so they're able to compete globally," Goodwin said. "They are our future leaders.”
Last year, district officials said student test scores and principal evaluations had a big effect on layoff decisions.
The criteria for teacher layoffs this year are expected to be discussed at Tuesday night’s school board meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Government Center in uptown Charlotte.